Day Two Practice Notes

The Jets are currently enrolled in a Berlitz course in Eric Mangini football. There is a whole lot of teaching going on at Jets camp, and it's happening in layers.

"There are so many elements happening right now, and we are moving into the next phase of teaching today," said Mangini. "That is the focus; all of the players understanding, each day, what we are trying to get accomplished." ...

When will Mangini make a decision on his starting quarterback?

"As soon as things unfold, and it does become clear and one guy stands out, then it will be catered according to where they fall," said Mangini. "Right now it is an equal opportunity."

There was just one practice on Saturday, and it was Brooks Bollinger's chance to be the #1 quarterback. He threw a bad pass that was intercepted by safety Kerry Rhodes, and it was returned for a touchdown. His best pass was a 50-yard fly to wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery for a touchdown. Bollinger has a much stronger arm than people thought he had coming out of Wisconsin.

Even though Mangini insists it's a four-man competion for the starting job between Bollinger, Chad Pennington, Patrick Ramsey and Kellen Clemens, most reporters don't consider Bollinger a legitimate candidate. What this is based on, we can't tell you. Maybe former Jets coach Herman Edwards dissed Bollinger so many times, he severely damaged his reputation in New York . . .

Quarterback turned wide receiver Brad Smith made a superb catch on a deep ball from Clemens. Smith seems to be improving every day in his attempt to learn the new position . . .

Wide receiver Phil "Sergeant Bilko" Silva suffered a pulled hamstring and was pulled out of the afternoon practice . . .

Rookie tight end Jason Posiasck continues to be held out a practice with some kind of leg injury.


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