Wednesday Night Practice Notebook

There were two spectacular catches by rookie wide receivers in the afternoon practice.

First Brad Smith made a circus catch on pass in the end zone. He tipped it, fell to the ground, and then caught it on his back. The other was a beautiful leaping grab by Wallace Wright in the back of the end zone over cornerback Ray Mickens . . .

D.J. Jazzy Mangini played loud rap loud throughout practice to simulate crowd noise.

"I got the songs off your IPOD," he said jokingly to Newsday's Ken Berger . . .

Pete Kendall was held out of most of the evening practice with an arm injury. He was replaced at first by Doug Nienhaus, and then center Norm Katnik took some reps. Nienhaus is a former Seattle draft pick, who the Jets stole off the Seahawks practice squad last season. He has roster flexibility because he can play both guard and tackle . . .

Having a sage left guard, Pete Kendall, lining up next to him, has been a big help to rookie center Nick Mangold.

"The amount of information that is in his head could fill up eight playbooks," said Mangold . . .

Quarterback Chad Pennington had another good practice. His best pass might have been a perfect toss to wideout Justin McCareins, over the outstretched arms of linebacker Jon Vilma, down the right sidelines . . .

The top pass of the late session might have been a georgeous deep ball, with a real high arc, from from rookie quarterback Kellen Clemens to wide receiver Reggie Newhouse. Clemens deep ball has been questioned, but this one was outstanding . . .

Safety Andre Maddox, who missed his rookie year last year due to a knee injury, has quietly had a good camp. He had two impressive plays. Maddox had a nice PD on a pass to tight end Doug Jolley in a one-on-one drill. And then he had a pretty PD on deep fade down sidelines to running back Stacy Tutt. His surgical knee seems to be 100 percent recovered . . .

Eric Mangini commented on the Star-Ledger report that Pennington has already been named the team's starting quarterback.

"The (quarterback) rotation will continue and there change in that situation," said Mangini. "I have not made up my mind yet."

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