Minicamp Notebook: Kendall bolts quickly

Right after the team's second practice, Pete Kendall was the first player to leave the Jets complex.

Literally five minutes after the players left the field, Kendall was in his truck driving away. Kendall seemed very uncomfortable at both practices, often standing by himself on the sidelines. It looks like his days as a Jets are over. He's been holding out of the off-season program the last two months over his contract. The only reason he is attending the mini-camp is so he doesn't get fined. This is the only mandatory event during the off-season, and absent players have to pay a monetary penalty.

Kendall all about assured his departure with his harsh words for Eric Mangini and Mike Tannenbaum during a morning press briefing . . .

Linebacker Matt Chatham and wide receiver Tim Dwight were held out of the first day of mini-camp. Chatham seems to have either an ankle or foot ailment. His left ankle or foot was fitted in a brace this morning. Dwight had foot surgery late last season, and is still isn't 100 percent . . .

Backup nose tackle Sione Pouha seems to favoring his surgical knee. He was running with a limp today. He blew out his knee last summer in training camp. The Jets better figure quickly whether Pouha is the answer at the backup nose tackle spot, because it doesn't look like they have another strong candidate on the roster. And the nose tackle, in the 3-4 defense, is a very important position, where you need two good players. There is a lot of platooning at the spot . . .

It's rare to see a running back with arms as big as Thomas Jones. His off-season workouts are legendary, and the results are quite apparent . . .

The Jets new PR director, Bruce Speight, who started just a couple of weeks ago, certainly had his hands full dealing with Kendall situation. It's hard to remember a player standing on the Jets property blasting the team as much as Kendall did today.

Usually these kind of quotes occur after a player departs, and even that is rare.

Mangini met with Kendall in the morning in attempt to temper the guards' upcoming comments to the media, but it was a clearly a futile effort . . .

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