Pennington working on down field throws

Q)Chad, what are your thoughts on the quarterback competition?

Pennington: If you were here in 2006, then you know what the deal is. It's nothing new. Nothing is surprising.

Q)How do you feel about the competition?

Pennington: I embrace playing the game of football. It's a blessing, an opportunity. Not a lot of people get a chance to play this game at this level. I'm trying to take advantage of every moment.

Q)Where you hoping to get traded at the combine?

Pennington: Not necessarily. As a player, you always want to know where you stand. As long as you get a truthful answer, you can deal with it. Whether you agree or disagree, it doesn't matter. That's what you always look for as a player, just let me know where I stand and we'll take it from there.

Q)Is it demeaning for a quarterback with as many wins as you to battle for a job?

Pennington: There's always decisions made and, as a professional, you can agree or disagree, but it doesn't really matter. It's how you approach the situation and look at it as an opportunity. It's another opportunity for me to be out on the field and produce and help us win. It's easy to fall into that trap. I think that trap is very counterproductive and can really lead you in the wrong direction.

Q)Can you handle being a backup?

Mangini: It's just not in my thought process. I think any time you think about that, you're already there.

Q)Is there one thing you really needed to work on this off-season?

Pennington: What I really tried to look at this offseason and study is how to be more consistent with down-the-field throws and doing those types of things. I've got the ability, and I've shown I've got the ability. It's just being more consistent with that. Making good decisions, that's what it's about. When you have the chance to take advantage of an opportunity, whether it's in the red zone or they tell you to take advantage of it.


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