Mangini Maintains Jets' QB Job Still Up for Grabs

New York Jets Coach Eric Mangini denied a report Wednesday that he already had chosen Chad Pennington to be the club's starting quarterback entering the season. Mangini said the team's starting job remained up for grabs.

Still, it appears that Pennington is the clear front-runner. What's not clear is whether that says more about Pennington's comeback from two shoulder surgeries, or about the state of the Jets.

The Jets have been pleasantly surprised by the rate of Pennington's recovery. He seems to be regaining his passing touch and accuracy. But he never had the strongest of arms even before getting hurt, and the starting job was there to be won by Patrick Ramsey or Brooks Bollinger. But Ramsey's practice-field performances have been a major disappointment since his offseason acquisition in a trade with the Washington Redskins, and Bollinger could be on his way to being released with rookie Kellen Clemens guaranteed of being on the roster.

With defensive end John Abraham gone, having been traded to the Atlanta Falcons in the offseason, with a rookie head coach learning on the job, with an unsettled quarterback situation and with Curtis Martin's days as an effective runner perhaps winding down, it could be a long season indeed for the Jets.

By Mark Maske |  August 3, 2006; 9:35 AM ET  | Category:  Jets
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