Sunday Morning Practice Notebook

Rookie tight end Jason Posiasck continues to be held out of practice with a shoulder problem. It is not a leg injury, as previously reported . . .

Jets coach Eric Mangini was very unhappy with how the team practiced on Saturday, and feels the heat was no excuse.

"Yesterday wasn't very good," said Mangini. "It was the hottest day we had in four years according to the trainer. The heat took away from the focus and it can't." . . .

Rookie left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson is having a lot of problems blocking defensive end/linebacker Bryan Thomas. In Sunday morning's practice, Thomas got by him for what likely would have been in a sack in a real game. This wasn't the first time this happened in training camp . . .

Rookie quarterback Kellen Clemens has been very inconsistent early in camp, clearly struggling with NFL defenses, a lot different from what he faced in the Pac-10 while at Oregon.

"Kellen needs to realize, things have changed," said Mangini. "It's different. It's completely different. Guys are bigger stronger and faster."

Clemens is starting to realize that throws he got away with in college, he can't in the NFL . . .

Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery continues to have an outstanding camp, and could challenge Justin McCareins for a starting job. Cotchery is one of the hardest working players in the league, and his hard work is paying off.

"Jerricho was the most outstanding player in our off-season program," said Mangini . . .

Anthony Clement got reps at left tackle today. The veteran could end up as the Jets backup swing tackle. He has started at both positions during his NFL career . . .

How tough is wideout Tim Dwight? Well the 5-8 mighty mite, took down 300-pound defensive end Kimo von Oelhoffen with an open field block. It's uncanny how much he is like Wayne Chrebet in so many ways . . .

One of the best passes of the morning practice was a perfect deep ball from quarterback Brooks Bollinger to Dwight . . .

Quarterback Chad Pennington threw a nice deep ball to wideout Dante Ridgeway, that would have likely been a touchdown, but the receiver was interfered with by cornerback Justin Miller.

Rookie free agent safety Jamie Thompson has made a lot of plays early in camp. He seems to have very good instincts . . .

Defensive end Dave Ball got some reps with the first team on Sunday morning. Ball has experience in the 3-4 defense from his time with the San Diego Chargers. And while at UCLA, he set the schools sack record playing in the 4-3. So Ball has the skill-set Mangini is looking for in his defensive linemen, the ability to play in both the 3-4 and the 4-3. This isn't something all defensive linemen can do . . .

The Jets are coaching are doing so much work on the installation of the playbook, it's hard for players to do a lot of film study. So they have fallen a little behind in their film work. Most of their attention has to be on studying the plays . . .

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