Receivers getting used to Clemens

Eric Mangini's decision to hand over the quarterback reigns to Kellen Clemens is a move that many outside the organization had anticipated for weeks.

However, until it was made official, Chad remained the starter and Clemens still took the majority of the second team reps.

Needless to say, aside for the days leading up to the Baltimore game, Clemens has not had extended time to gel with the first-team receiving corps since the dog days of summer.

So the type of chemistry Clemens will have with his wideouts remains a question mark.

"Every quarterback has a different style and a different release," said wide receiver Jericho Cotchery "It's just being able to focus on your job, getting open and making catches. Whether it's Chad or Kellen you have to do your job anyway."

Despite Pennington's recent struggles, he has established a very strong rapport with his receivers over the past few seasons. He made up for his lack of arm-strength with timing, touch and precision.

Pennington's career completion percentage of 65.3 is second only to Kurt Warner for the all-time record. However, despite the extreme accuracy, his playmakers have become possession receivers as his passing style does not lend to gaining yardage after the catch. Often the ball simply takes too long to get there.

This is certainly not the case with Clemens, as he possesses an absolute rifle for an arm. The benefits of which should allow Jets receivers to show-off their post-catch abilities and to make plays down the field.

One element that is certainly working against Clemens is the lingering health issue surrounding of the team's number one target, Laveranues Coles.

Coles suffered a concussion during the second half of last week's loss to the Bills and has been held out of practice all week. Given the NFL's increased concern toward concussions, the team will continue to monitor his health throughout the week and likely will not formally announce his availability until Sunday. A decision Coles says is out of his hands.

"The people that are closest to me and that I love the most are pretty much letting me know their opinion and what they think," Coles said on Thursday morning. "They will make a better judgment call than I would on a situation like this because I always have my foot on the gas. It is time for me to let go and let somebody else make a decision. Hopefully, things work out for the best."

Clemens, and his receivers, need all the repetition they can get, so his absence from practice is cause for concern. If Coles is not able to suit up, the team could elect to elevate one of their speedy practice squad players, either David Clowney or Chris Davis, to the active roster in order to give Clemens another deep threat.

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