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Chad Pennington
#10 - QB - New York Jets

Height: 6'3'' Weight: 225
Born: 06/26/1976
College: Marshall
2006 Projections

Player Analysis: In 2002, Chad Pennington posted career numbers playing in 15 games, with 3,120 yards and 22 touchdowns against just 6 interceptions. While he had some success in '04, there are questions as to whether he can ever perform up to his potential after two rotator cuff surgeries in two years. His strengths came from his short- to mid-range accuracy and on-field intelligence, in the mold of a player like Tom Brady. However, he has never possessed the ability to pass downfield due to his extremely below average arm strength, but his star receiver Laveranues Coles excels in the vertical game. The surgeries that he has undergone in the past two years have only lowered his arm strength. He will have trouble returning from his operations, and with Patrick Ramsey and the rookie Kellen Clemens waiting in the wings Pennington faces stiff competition to receive a majority of the snaps this year. If he does earn the starting job, then Pennington should benefit from a revamped offensive line, but the skilled talent around him does not offer much assistance.

Fantasy Football Impact: After two rotator cuff surgeries, Chad Pennington will struggle with the long pass and, therefore, struggle to perform effectively as the starting quarterback.


Jets Get Permission to Talk to Favre - 07/25/2008
Source: NY Post

The Jets have asked for and been granted permission to talk to QB Brett Favre about a trade. The Packers would obviously prefer to trade him to a team they do not play this year, and the Jets fit that bill.

Fantasy Impact: Favre on the Jets would be interesting, as he'll have no shortage of weapons with WRs Jerricho Cotchery and Laveranues Coles, in addition to draft pick TE Dustin Keller.


Jets push ahead with soggy 13-10 win - 12/26/2006

Stymied for three quarters by steady rain, sloppy play and the Miami Dolphins, the New York Jets found even the simple task of catching a field-goal snap difficult. But with the game on the line, and their playoff hopes in jeopardy, the Jets came up with the big plays they needed. New York overcame the weather, a sputtering offense and two late scores by Miami to win 13-10 on Christmas night. "For us it was all about chipping away and waiting for our moment," Jets coach Eric Mangini said. "This was a game with tough conditions. We faced a lot of adversity." All of the points came in the final 17:25. Miami kicked a tying field goal with 2:09 left, but on the Jets' next play, Leon Washington caught a short pass from Chad Pennington and broke loose for a 64-yard gain. Four plays later, Mike Nugent kicked a 30-yarder with 10 seconds left. That meant the Jets (9-6) can clinch an AFC wild-card playoff berth if they beat Oakland (2-13) in their final regular-season game in Week 17. "We like controlling our own destiny and not having to rely on someone else to help us," defensive end Shaun Ellis said.


Pennington and Jets roll past Vikings - 12/17/2006

Chad Pennington and the New York Jets bounced back from a bad game, staying in the playoff chase for at least one more week and smiling from start to finish. The Minnesota Vikings are nearly out of the running, their shaky quarterback situation about the only bit of intrigue remaining. Pennington completed 29 of 39 passes for a career-high 339 yards, one touchdown and one interception, leading the Jets past the Vikings 26-13 for their third straight road victory. "This was a big game for us -- and an even bigger game as far as our mentality and our attitude after you suffer a setback like we did last week," said Pennington, referring to a 31-13 loss against Buffalo. Brad Johnson was benched for the third time this season, but a late surge by rookie Tarvaris Jackson was too little, too late for the reeling Vikings (6-8), who have lost six of eight. "We have too many good players to be in the position we're in," safety Darren Sharper said. "That's the most disappointing thing." Laveranues Coles had 12 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown for the Jets (8-6). Mike Nugent kicked four field goals to stretch his streak of makes to 13, and New York improved to 5-2 on the road. First-year coach Eric Mangini, whose club has far exceeded most expectations, was just as pleased by the overall performance and week of preparation as he was the victory. "This is a fun time of year to play football," said Mangini, who grinned several times during his postgame news conference. The Vikings had a chance to thrust themselves into the wide-open NFC wild-card race. Instead, it was the same old story for a team that has wiped out the old standby of stopping the run and running the ball well leading to success. "Mathematically, we're still in it," coach Brad Childress said. Depends on the perspective. "Mathematically, that's a miracle," said receiver Travis Taylor, who caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Johnson barely two minutes into the game following a jarring, blind-side sack of Pennington by Napoleon Harris that caused a fumble.


Bills zoom past Jets, 31-13 - 12/10/2006

Erik Coleman knew the New York Jets had just blown a great opportunity to improve their playoff chances, so he couldn't hide his frustration. "This is a big hiccup right here," the Jets safety said softly. "We'll see what kind of team we are. We'll see if we bounce back." Three big plays by the Buffalo Bills put a huge crimp in the Jets' postseason plans. Willis McGahee scored on a 57-yard run, Lee Evans had a 77-yard TD catch and Nate Clements returned an interception 58 yards for a score in the Bills' 31-13 victory. "It definitely hurts to get beat like that at home," Coleman said. "It hurts to get beat like that anytime, but especially at home." Buffalo (6-7) looked more like the playoff contender than the Jets (7-6), winning for the third time in four games. "The season is not over," Bills quarterback J.P. Losman said. "We have a long way to go. If we keep winning, you never know what will happen at the end." It was the third time in Bills history, and first since Sept. 24, 1989, at Houston, that they had three plays of over 50 yards in a game. It was also the first time since 1965 that the Bills had a rushing TD and passing score of over 50 yards in a game. "It wasn't the plan to come out and pound them," Losman said. "The plan was to come out firing, come out throwing. The way the game went, getting on top early and taking the crowd out of it, we just had to go with it." McGahee, who playfully told Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma during the week that he couldn't be stopped, had 125 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries -- despite missing the second quarter because he was sick on the bench. He has gained 100 or more yards in each of his last five games against New York. "Willis was really sick," coach Dick Jauron said. "I don't know why. It's not very often, in an NFL game, you see a player sitting on the bench eating a sandwich. We had to get some food in him. He came back and obviously played really well." The Jets, who began a season-ending stretch of four games against teams under .500, failed to take advantage of AFC East-leading New England's 21-0 loss to Miami. New York remained two games behind the Patriots -- and just a game ahead of the surging Bills and Dolphins. "Today was almost like a step back," linebacker Victor Hobson said. "Especially with the way we've been playing and the way we know we can play and the way we expect to come out and play."


Jets strike early, cruise to win over Pack - 12/04/2006

New York Jets coach Eric Mangini showed his team a tape of the "Ice Bowl," and fullback B.J. Askew ran around shirtless in pregame warmups to prove the cold wasn't so bad. Then Chad Pennington stoked the Jets' hopes of an improbable playoff run. Pennington, who snapped out of a midseason streak of shaky performances in a victory over Houston last week, put together three touchdown drives of 70 yards or more in the second quarter and the Jets cruised to a 38-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. "I just think we're starting to click," Pennington said. "Any time you put in a new system, it's going to take some time. It's a process. We experienced some success early in the run game, and then everything started to come along." New York (7-5) built a 31-0 halftime lead as snow flurries floated to the ground and boos showered down from the grandstands on a windy 19-degree day. The Jets used frequent wide-receiver motion and occasional no-huddle offense to confuse a Green Bay defense that has been prone to miscommunication and susceptible to big plays all season. "One of the trademarks is trying to play fast," Mangini said. "And in doing that, different guys are going to come open based on whatever the scheme is." Pennington, 25-of-35 for 263 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, connected with eight receivers. Cedric Houston carried 22 times for a career-high 105 yards and two touchdowns. Could the Jets really make a run at the playoffs? "We've won a couple of games, but that is what it is," wide receiver Laveranues Coles said. "We're 7-5 and, again, we have a long way to go." Fans booed the Packers (4-8) several times during the first half and loudly as they jogged to the tunnel at halftime. "I'd be booing too," McCarthy said. "Shoot, they should boo us. I've got no problem with that. This is a man's league, a man's business and a man's game." Green Bay barely managed to avoid being shut out at home for the third time this season. McCarthy called for a field goal with his team down 31-0 midway through the third quarter, and Dave Rayner hit a 34-yarder -- a move that elicited sarcastic applause from Packers fans, a Midwestern version of the Bronx cheer. Brett Favre's season-long struggles with passing accuracy continued as the three-time MVP was 24-of-47 for 214 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Pennington was intercepted by Patrick Dendy late in the third quarter, and Favre threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Donald Driver to cut the Jets' lead to 31-10. Green Bay then recovered an on-side kick after a successful replay review by McCarthy, but the Packers' slim chances of the comeback were dashed when the offense went three-and-out. The Jets put together another long scoring drive, and Leon Washington ran 20 yards for a touchdown to put New York ahead 38-10 early in the fourth quarter.


Injured Pennington still beats Texans - 11/27/2006

Chad Pennington was sprawled on the turf, desperately searching for a breath as the fans at Giants Stadium nervously held theirs. The New York Jets quarterback had the wind knocked out of him early in the third quarter of a 26-11 victory over Houston, but Pennington -- and most everyone else -- thought it was much worse. "I thought I wasn't going to make it," Pennington said with a big laugh. "If anybody's ever had that done, you know that's the worst feeling in the world. You're just sitting there like, 'Oh my goodness ... I'm not going to make it ... right here on the football field.' But things worked out well." It sure did. Pennington rediscovered some missing chemistry with his receivers and had his finest passing day in weeks for the Jets (6-5), throwing for 286 yards and a touchdown. Laveranues Coles caught nine passes for 111 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and Jerricho Cotchery had seven catches for 110 yards against the Texans (3-8). "I thought we did some really good things offensively," he said. "We were able to execute in the passing game and keep drives alive." But things looked a bit ominous with 6½ minutes left in the third quarter. Pennington was grabbed by his lower right leg by Jason Babin, but was able to complete a 4-yard pass to Cotchery. As Pennington released the ball, rookie Mario Williams fell on top of him and the quarterback caught one of his own arms under him. With the crowd watching in stunned silence -- a scene that has become all too familiar with Pennington the last few seasons because of shoulder injuries -- the Jets stood around him as the trainers examined the quarterback. Coles, Pennington's close friend, went down on a knee to talk to the quarterback. "Anytime you have a guy that you truly care about and love outside of football go down, the first thing you're trying to do is find out if he's OK," Coles said. "Once he told me it was his wind, I was like, 'Oh, OK.' It had me kind of scared for a second, to be honest. I was worried."


Coles insists there's no tension between him and Pennington - 11/23/2006
Source: National Football League News Wire

Laveranues Coles was clearly frustrated by the questions, one after another, about the New York Jets' struggling offense. "Who said there's a problem?" the veteran wide receiver said in front of his locker Wednesday, his voice a few octaves higher than normal. "If you ask me, we're doing fine. What has changed?" Well, for one, the passing game that produced 625 yards and four touchdowns in the first two games has been stifled in recent weeks. Quarterback Chad Pennington has four total touchdowns in the last five games, along with six interceptions. One of those was a costly mistake caught by Brian Urlacher in the end zone against Chicago last Sunday that short-circuited the Jets' best scoring chance -- while Coles was wide open on the other side of the field. And Coles made that known after the play, racing up to the quarterback on the field and telling him, "Man, I was open!" while waving his hands. "Everybody has those moments," Coles said, shrugging it off. But this one, combined with the struggles the offense has had recently, caused some to accuse Coles of showing up his quarterback. "Me and him have no problems," he insisted. "We talked on the phone yesterday at length, just about 'Am I OK?' and how I'm doing. He knows me -- I take all losses personal. It has nothing to do with me running up. He knows the competitive side of me." The on-field display also fueled speculation there's growing tension between the two longtime friends. "I love him more than I love this game, so there's nothing we can do in this football game that can change any of that," Coles said, shaking his head. "I don't care. He's like a brother to me. I would take my last (breath) and give it to him. There's nothing you guys can write or say or anything I can do to waver that. It's as simple as that, man. "A lot of my success rides with him. If he's not successful, I'm not successful. There would never be a problem between us. Never ... never. Especially over football." Pennington has said he's not sensing the same chemistry he had with his receivers earlier this season, but doesn't want to overanalyze things. As for Coles' flareup against the Bears, the quarterback took it in stride.


Bears second to none - 11/20/2006
Source: Chicago Sun-Times

Second City took over First City, for this year any way, as the Bears completed a sweep of New York on Sunday. But it wasn't so much what they did here, as where they are positioned now in the NFC. The 10-0 whitewashing of the Jets before 77,632 at the Meadowlands pushes the Bears to 9-1, their best start since 1990, and has them three games ahead of everyone in the conference with the exception of the Giants (6-3), whom they beat here last week. And the Giants could fall back with a loss tonight at Jacksonville. So much for suspense. The Bears were keeping an eye on the Philadelphia Eagles, but quarterback Donovan McNabb was lost for the season with a knee injury. The New Orleans Saints (6-4) are suddenly spiraling, and the Seattle Seahawks dropped to 6-4 with a loss to San Francisco. It could be the team to watch now is Dallas, which improved to 6-4 Sunday by knocking Indianapolis from the unbeaten ranks. The Bears have a five-game lead in the North Division, and to borrow from Arizona coach Dennis Green, go ahead and crown them. But you couldn't find anyone in the locker room afterward looking beyond next week's game at New England. ''New York has been good to us,'' coach Lovie Smith said. ''A few weeks ago we had a three-game stretch that looked pretty tough. Now we're down to one game.'' Why wouldn't the Bears be eager to get the Patriots out of the way. They are the last team remaining on the schedule with a winning record. While you never had the feeling the Jets (5-5) were going to take this game and run with it, the contest swung on two plays. First, middle linebacker Brian Urlacher came up with one of his biggest plays of the season. Assigned to read quarterback Chad Pennington's eyes in cover two on third-and-goal from the six, he did just that and jumped a pass for Chris Baker, intercepting in the end zone early in the second quarter. He was screened, at least partially, by an official. Had Pennington seen Laveranues Coles on the left side come wide open in busted coverage, it would have been an easy touchdown. ''The read didn't tell me to go to Laveranues' side,'' Pennington said. ''I didn't see [Urlacher] until I let go of the football.'' From there, the Bears beared down in posting their second shutout and holding an opponent to 10 points or less for the fifth time. The other big play was when the Jets helped jump-start the stalled Bears' offense with a surprise onside kick to open the seconed half. Chris Harris easily fielded Mike Nugent's attempt and the Bears were in business in Jets territory. Thomas Jones, who rushed for a season-high 121 yards, carried seven straight times to set up Robbie Gould's 20-yard field goal, and the momentumless Bears suddenly were in command.


Defense bails out Bears again, 10-0 - 11/19/2006

Mark Bradley turned and caught the short pass from Rex Grossman, and then realized Drew Coleman was the only thing standing between him and the end zone. "Every receiver loves a one-on-one situation," the Chicago Bears' second-year standout said. "It's just you and the DB on the island, and may the best man win." On this play, it was no contest. Coleman slipped and Bradley turned the completion into a 57-yard touchdown 10 seconds into the final quarter, and the Bears beat the Jets 10-0. "He threw the ball based on where the corner was," Bradley said. "I turned up inside and there was a lot of daylight. The safeties came down and rolled back to the strong side. That's why it was wide open." The Jets blitzed on the play in an attempt to fluster Grossman, but it backfired. "He made a good move," Coleman said of Bradley. "It hurt, but we were still in the game." Well, not really. Chicago (9-1) notched its second shutout this season -- the Bears blanked the Packers at Green Bay on Sept. 10. The Bears, coming off a 38-20 victory over the New York Giants, also became the first road team since the 1999 Washington Redskins to win two straight at the Meadowlands. "New York has been good to us," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "Coming here, a tough place to play, and getting two wins is big." Next up is another tough road matchup against New England. "Three weeks ago, we had a three-game stretch that looked pretty tough," Smith said. "Now we're down to one game and we're anxious to play a good New England Patriots team next." Thomas Jones had 121 yards on 23 carries, and Grossman overcame an unproductive first half to go 11 of 22 for 119 yards and a touchdown. "I never felt like we got into a rhythm," Grossman said. "But we didn't let them score, we ran the football well and we are going to win a lot of games doing that."


Jets gain ground, beat Pats 17-14 - 11/12/2006

Bill Belichick exchanged another cold handshake with Eric Mangini in the middle of the muddy field. The Patriots coach certainly had no reason to embrace the protege who angered him by leaving for the New York Jets. After all, the Jets had just won 17-14 on a rainy day, tightening the AFC East race that once loomed as a runaway for New England. "I have a lot of great memories from here," Mangini said. "I'd like to add this to it." Belichick has refused to refer to the Jets coach by name since Mangini left after serving five years as his defensive backs coach and last season as defensive coordinator, helping the Patriots win three Super Bowl titles. Their first midfield meeting after the Patriots won in New York this season wasn't a study in warmth either. Then again, why should any of the Patriots be happy after their 57-game streak without consecutive losses ended? The record of 60 games was set by San Francisco from 1995-99. Jets quarterback Chad Pennington also had a hand in the previous losing streak when he led New York to a 30-17 win in December 2002 -- one week after the Patriots lost to Tennessee. "Two in a row. I can't remember the last time we did it," Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi said. "We've got to get back on the winning road if we want to be AFC champions." Preseason favorites to win their fourth straight division title, the Patriots (6-3) lead the Jets (5-4) by just one game. "To lose today, you don't forget about the playoffs, but as far as the division race, it's would have been basically over," said Jets linebacker Matt Chatham, who spent the last six seasons with the Patriots. "We know that we've at least kept ourselves alive." Relying on short gains and long drives, the Jets built enough of a lead to repel a late comeback and end a seven-game losing streak to the Patriots. "We knew we had to have precise execution and, in the meantime, play a great defense," because of the muddy field and slippery ball, Pennington said.


Jets' Pennington eager to put poor performance at Cleveland behind him - 11/09/2006
Source: National Football League News Wire

Eric Mangini stopped by the coffee machine at the New York Jets' practice facility for a late-night caffeine boost when he ran into Chad Pennington, who was pouring himself a steamy cup. "We were both hunkering down for a little while longer," Mangini said Wednesday, recalling the recent 10 p.m. meeting. "That's just Chad. He wants to win. He's a perfectionist. That's what drives him and makes him successful." Pennington is usually one of the last to leave the facility every night, and among the first to return in the morning. The quarterback has been putting in his usual overtime during the past week going over film and trying to put his poor performance at Cleveland 11 days ago behind him. "It was definitely difficult," Pennington said. "What I tried to do was really analyze the first eight games and see where I can improve and see where I can be more consistent." Pennington was 11-of-28 for 108 yards and was intercepted twice in the 20-13 loss to the Browns, a game that appeared very winnable going in. He never really found any rhythm and the offense struggled to get on track. It was reminiscent of his performance three weeks earlier at Jacksonville, when he went 10-of-17 for 71 yards and threw three interceptions.


Browns escape with 20-13 win over Jets - 10/30/2006

Call it The Catch That Wasn't. Chris Baker's amazing, one-handed grab in the end zone was ruled out of bounds and not reviewable and the Cleveland Browns escaped with their first win at home, 20-14 over the New York Jets. The incredible catch -- or was it one? -- by New York's tight end with 59 seconds remaining was followed by an incredulous ruling and an indecipherable explanation as the Browns (2-5) ended a turbulent week with a much-needed win. "We finally got a break," linebacker Andra Davis said. "This is a blessing." For the Jets (4-4), a debatable call went the wrong way in a game they didn't play well enough to win. "It's a shame because we fought back," Baker said. "We made a big play and didn't get it. It's disappointing." The Jets, trailing by seven after being down 20-3 in the third quarter, stopped the Browns on three straight running plays and got the ball back after a punt with 1:56 left. Chad Pennington, who had an otherwise atrocious day, then moved his club to the Browns 24 with 1:06 left before throwing an incompletion and having a pass tipped. On fourth-and-4, Pennington dropped back and ducked underneath a blitz from safety Sean Jones before lofting a pass to the near right corner for Baker. The 6-foot-3, 258-pound Baker leaped and hauled in Pennington's pass with one hand as he soared through the air.


Up big, Jets hold on for 31-24 victory - 10/22/2006

The New York Jets are getting pretty good at these suspenseful endings, complete with lots of nail biting, sweating and nervous energy throughout the stadium. "I didn't take a deep breath until we got that last first down," coach Eric Mangini said with a big smile. Chad Pennington threw for 189 yards and tossed a touchdown passes to lead his Jets to victory over the Lions. Leon Washington rushed for 129 yards on 20 carries, scored the first two touchdowns of his career, and sealed the win by running for a first down with just over two minutes left as the Jets held on to beat the Detroit Lions 31-24. The Lions put a scare into the Jets, who led the entire game, by getting within a touchdown with 2:22 left when an outstretched Mike Furrey caught the ball in the back right corner of the end zone. Mangini challenged the play, but it was upheld with officials saying Furrey got both feet in bounds and had control of the ball. New York (4-3) got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff and ran out the clock to escape with a victory, matching its total from last season. "We weren't expected to win but four games this year if you let the so-called experts tell it," wide receiver Laveranues Coles said. "Again, we've got four wins, but we can't rest our hats upon that." The Jets, whose previous three victories were all decided on the opponents' last possession, won consecutive home games for the first time since 2004. But again, it didn't come easily. After the Lions (1-6) closed within a touchdown with just over nine minutes remaining, Chad Pennington completed a 16-yard pass to Chris Baker, and Brad Smith followed with a 2-yard run. Tyoka Jackson was called for defensive holding on the play, one of nine penalties called on the Lions, moving the Jets further into Detroit territory. Washington then took the ball, ran to the left and scooted 16 yards -- tiptoeing the sideline -- with 4:51 left. "It was unbelievable for him to maintain his balance," Pennington said. "That was a big-time play." Rookie Leon Washington is becoming the Jets' go-to guy with 20 carries, 129 yards and two TDs. New York took advantage of Detroit being without their two starting defensive tackles, Shaun Rogers and Shaun Cody, finishing with 221 yards rushing.


Jets hang on to down Dolphins 20-17 - 10/16/2006

The New York Jets thought they blew it. The offense built a big lead with a second-half scoring burst, but the defense let the Miami Dolphins back in the game. And in the end, Olindo Mare was jogging out onto the field for a potential tying field goal. "I think a lot of us felt that we were probably headed to overtime," Jets quarterback Chad Pennington said. But Mare came up short on a 51-yarder as the Jets barely held on for a 20-17 win, New York's first home victory. "Those types of field goals, he makes," Pennington said. "For him to miss one was a shock to us. We felt like we had to get ready to go into overtime. Luckily, we caught a break." Laveranues Coles caught two touchdown passes and Mike Nugent kicked a pair of 33-yard field goals in a game that could be added to the lengthy list of classic meetings between the AFC East rivals. The Jets (3-3) did just enough after halftime to earn an important division win. After taking a 20-3 lead, the Jets had to sweat this one out as Joey Harrington led the Dolphins (1-5) on two long scoring drives in the fourth quarter, getting within a field goal on Ronnie Brown's 1-yard touchdown run. Working out of the no-huddle offense and catching the Jets out of position time after time, Harrington had one more chance and marched the Dolphins down the field again with a plethora of short passes in a last-minute effort to pull even. "We don't even think about it when we're in that fast offense," Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers said. "Everybody knows what they have to do. The defense can't really set up for what they want to do. We were just using three different plays and they were working. Everything was clicking." But Mare, who was 1-for-3 this season on kicks of 50-plus yards, came up short, the ball landing in the end zone as the jubilant Jets cheered. "We thought he could make the field goal," Miami coach Nick Saban said. "We had confidence in him." Harrington, making his second straight start in place of the injured Daunte Culpepper, finished 27-of-43 for 266 yards and one touchdown and two interceptions, while Brown had 127 yards on 22 carries. Jets QB Chad Pennington and WR Laveranues Coles hooked up on two scores to seal the win. "We moved the ball


Jaguars completely dominate Jets 41-0 - 10/08/2006

The Jacksonville Jaguars scored touchdowns on four of their first five possessions, quickly rebounding from consecutive losses and beating the New York Jets 41-0 -- the worst Jets loss in 20 years. Henderson and his fellow defenders provided the exclamation point with a goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter. "There was a lot of frustration after the way we played against Washington," Henderson said. "We knew we were better than that. We had to show people that the last game wasn't really us." They did. The Jags intercepted Chad Pennington three times, forced a fumble, held the Jets to 177 total yards and posted their second shutout of the season. They also continued the offensive barrage that began last week in the 36-30 loss. It happened early, too. Maurice Jones-Drew ran for two touchdowns, Fred Taylor added another and Byron Leftwich capped the fast start with a 1-yard TD pass to George Wrighster. The Jets (2-3) provided plenty of help along the way. Pennington threw two interceptions that Jacksonville (3-2) turned into touchdowns, Ben Graham had a punt blocked that resulted in a score, and two questionable roughing the passer penalties made it even worse. Notes: The Jets hadn't lost by such a wide margin since falling 45-3 to Miami on Nov. 24, 1986. ... Jags DE Paul Spicer, whose sack ended Pennington's season a year ago, told the quarterback to "stay healthy" at midfield before the coin toss. ... Taylor had his first 100-yard game of the season. ... Jets RB Leon Washington ran 23 times for 101 yards, the rookie's first 100-yard game.


Less-renowned conference has produced ig time QB's - 10/08/2006
Source: St. Petersburg Times

The addition of Bucs rookie Bruce Gradkowski makes five former Mid-American Conference quarterbacks among the NFL's 28 starters in Week 5. More than the SEC. More than the Big Ten. More than the Big East. More than the ACC. Only the Pac-10 has produced more quarterbacks who will start NFL games this week than the mighty MAC, and just barely. The Pac-10 has six. Whoda thunk it? Here is today's MAC starting lineup: the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger of Miami (Ohio), the Jets' Chad Pennington and Jaguars' Byron Leftwich of Marshall, the Browns' Charlie Frye of Akron and Gradkowski of Toledo. "That conference has long been underestimated. You see them show up and blast people," Bucs coach Jon Gruden said. "It's a credit to the coaches in that conference. Hopefully, they'll start to get their justice as a real strong football program."


CHAD'S ARMED & READY - 10/06/2006
Source: New York Post

Whenever Chad Pennington sits at the office desk in his Long Island home, the Jets quarterback is reminded of the absolute nadir of his NFL playing career. The reminder is a framed picture of Jaguars defensive end Paul Spicer bending Pennington's right arm back as if he was about to snap a Thanksgiving Day wishbone in half. That's the play, which occurred a little more than a year ago (Sept. 25, 2005), that ended Pennington's season in Week 3 and precipitated the second rotator-cuff surgery on his right shoulder in less than two years. It's the play that began the parade of doubt about Pennington and whether he'd ever resume his career. It's a play that certainly will pass through Pennington's mind Sunday in Jacksonville, where the Jets will play Spicer and the Jaguars.


Leftwich reconnects with old buddy Chad, his mentor at Marshall - 10/05/2006

The first time Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich squared off on a football field, all that was at stake was a Quarter Pounder from McDonald's. This Sunday, when the former Marshall quarterbacks face each other at Alltel Stadium, there will be substantially more on the line. But for the two big MAC products, the same sense of fun and respect remains. "We've always had a good relationship right from the very start," Pennington said of his friendship with Leftwich, who was two years behind him at Marshall. "Byron is a very heady person and a very heady quarterback. He always wanted to be known as a well-rounded quarterback, a guy who could read coverage, who could see things well and make the throws, and he's done a very good job of that." Pennington recalled one of his first meetings with Leftwich. The freshman bet Pennington that he could throw the ball through the uprights from midfield. Pennington took the bet, and Leftwich cleared the crossbar easily. The wager was a meal at McDonald's. Drive-thru, as Leftwich remembered.


Yearlong Recovery Has Pennington Grateful - 10/05/2006
Source: New York Times

Chad Pennington has several reminders of the play against the Jacksonville Jaguars that ended his season last September, including the scar on his throwing shoulder, where doctors repaired a torn rotator cuff. But the reminder that Pennington chooses for motivation is a photograph of defensive end Paul Spicer handling him like a rag doll. It sits on a desk in Pennington’s home on Long Island, and he peers at it frequently. Pennington said he kept the picture “just to remind me of how far that I’ve come and just to remind me of what it’s like to be injured and not to take for granted having the chance to play.” He added: “Count your blessings and take advantage of the opportunity. That’s what it reminds me of.” Pennington laughed when describing details of the photograph, a sign that he has conquered memories of the play. “I’m past the wincing,” he said when asked about the emotions stirred by the photograph. “It’s pretty amazing that your arm can be in that position.” As if Pennington needed another reminder, the Jets will play at Jacksonville on Sunday, the teams’ first matchup since since Week 3 of last season at Giants Stadium, when Spicer grabbed Pennington’s right arm and pulled it back on a third-quarter sack, derailing the Jets’ hopes of returning to the playoffs.


Pennington says shoulder injuries might've been blessing in disguise - 09/27/2006
Source: Yahoo

While sitting at home recovering from his second shoulder surgery last winter, Chad Pennington was watching tape of some of his passes. Something suddenly clicked. "The one thing that the shoulder injury did do for me, and really having two shoulder injuries, it really showed some flaws in my mechanics," the New York Jets quarterback said Wednesday. "I always thought I used my body well to throw, but I really didn't. "I was really an arm thrower, and that's why the ball would die on me a lot." The balls are flying for Pennington now, and he credits videotape and karate for helping him become one of the NFL's top passers this season. Always knocked for not having enough arm strength or zip on his passes, Pennington has shown quite a bit more of both this season -- even after two shoulder operations.


NY Jets 28, Buffalo 20 - 09/25/2006
Source: Yahoo

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Chad Pennington made up for the New York Jets' lack of a running game. Pennington capped three drives of 58 yards or more with touchdowns, and linebacker Victor Hobson's 32-yard fumble return for a score helped the Jets to a 28-20 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.


Jets play complete game in 28-20 win - 09/24/2006

Chad Pennington made up for the New York Jets ' lack of a running game. Pennington capped three drives of 58 yards or more with touchdowns, and linebacker Victor Hobson's 32-yard fumble return for a score helped the Jets to a 28-20 victory over the Buffalo Bills. The Jets (2-1) won despite allowing 475 yards of offense, while managing a mere 256 of their own, including a meager 74 yards rushing. They overcame career outings by running back Willis McGahee, who had 150 yards rushing, and J.P. Losman's 328 yards passing. The Bills started strong -- scoring on Roscoe Parrish's 51-yard touchdown reception on the second play from scrimmage -- but then progressively kept making costly errors. Their next three drives ended with a failed fake field-goal attempt, when holder/punter Brian Moorman 's shovel pass fell incomplete at the Jets 35; a sack of Losman and fumble at the Jets 27; and a failed fourth-and-3 attempt at the Jets 28. "It's just the little things, the penalties, the turnovers, that hurt us," McGahee said. Notes: Jets RB Kevan Barlow also scored on a 3-yard run. ... McGahee had his fourth straight 100-yard game against the Jets, but the Bills have lost the last two. ... Bills FB Daimon Shelton (head injury) was hurt in the first half and didn't return.


Patriots fend off Jets in 24-17 victory - 09/17/2006

Belichick's Patriots held off a late rally by Mangini's Jets for a 24-17 victory, sending the rookie head coach to his first loss. New England (2-0) took a 24-0 lead on touchdown runs by Corey Dillon and Laurence Maroney, and a TD catch by rookie Chad Jackson. But the Jets stormed back in the second half. Jerricho Cotchery and Laveranues Coles each made brilliant touchdown receptions, Mike Nugent kicked a 42-yard field goal and Jonathan Vilma blocked a late field-goal attempt to give the Jets (1-1) one last chance in their home opener. After getting the ball at his 9 with 1:05 left and the crowd at Giants Stadium on its feet, Chad Pennington led New York to its 45. But a long pass down the right sideline to Justin McCareins was intercepted by Tedy Bruschi, ending the comeback hopes.


Chad’s revival should aid run - 09/15/2006

While the Titans focused on shutting down the run - and did so with success - Pennington showcased his health and his grasp on the no-huddle with a blistering 319 yards and the winning touchdown drive and pass. After two shoulder surgeries and nearly a year off the field, Pennington made it clear to the league that his arm, while still not a weapon to be feared, cannot be ignored. Few may be happier about that than his running backs.

Fantasy Impact: Although Pennington's success throwing the ball may help the rushing attack as a whole, the combination of four different backs means minimal, consistent statistical production.


In Return, Pennington Provides Jets’ Counterpunch - 09/11/2006

Taking over at his 43-yard line with 5 minutes 51 seconds left, Pennington led the Jets on a seven-play scoring drive that covered 57 yards and gave the Jets a 23-16 victory in front of 69,143 at LP Field. Pennington, who grew up 160 miles from here, in Knoxville, passed for 319 yards, spreading his 24 completions in 33 attempts among seven receivers. He had two touchdown passes and a touch of luck; he had a pass intercepted in the second quarter, but the interception was erased by a pass-interference penalty on Titans linebacker Peter Sirmon.

Fantasy Impact: With Laveranues Coles as the only established receiver on the roster, and two shoulder surgeries in his recent history, fantasy owners should wait longer than week one before plucking Pennington off of the waiver wire.


Pennington outguns Collins, Young as Jets top Titans - 09/10/2006

Chad Pennington hasn't just returned strong after a second shoulder surgery in as many years. He might be even better than 2002.

Fantasy Impact: Pennington was impressive on Sunday, and, if he's still available, may be worth a pickup in your fantasy league.


Bulluck still trying to become household name - 09/07/2006
Source: The Journal News

His four straight seasons leading the Tennessee Titans with at least 150 tackles suggests otherwise, but former Clarkstown North standout Keith Bulluck might still be an underrated NFL player, selected to just one Pro Bowl in his first six years in the league. The outside linebacker's coach, Jeff Fisher, certainly thinks so, saying it's been that way since Bulluck became a starter in 2002.

Fantasy Impact: While Bulluck may not be a household name, he is certainly known around the league. If you are lucky enough to have on your team as an IDP, he is a definite start.


Brooks Bollinger, #5-QB - 08/30/2006

News: Brooks Bollinger will start New York's preseason game Thursday. Impact: It appears he has a serious chance to be Chad Pennington's backup. Despite a report to the contrary, Patrick Ramsey can't feel too secure about his roster spot. Chad Pennington won't play this week. (Wed. Aug 30, 2006)

Fantasy Impact: Although not a flashy choice at quarterback, Bollinger has the ability to operate the offense which gives him the opportunity to win the backup job while Kellen Clemens develops. Patrick Ramsey does not appear to be in the Jets' plans.


Pennington wins starting quarterback job - 08/29/2006

Jets quarterback Chad Pennington won the starting job Tuesday, but he will be missing a key member of the offense when the regular season starts. Pennington, coming off two major shoulder injuries, was in a four-man competition to regain the job that was his before he got hurt. The move comes more than 10 months after he underwent his latest operation on his right rotator cuff - a triumph for the hardworking Pennington, whom many thought might never start again.

Fantasy Impact: After a preseason performing at a level superior to the other quarterbacks on the roster and better than expected following shoulder surgery, Pennington may perform proficiently enough to have some success passing to Laveranues Coles, but not enough to warrant starting for any fantasy teams.


Jets, Giants renew preseason rivalry (AP) - 08/24/2006
Source: Yahoo!

Even though Eric Mangini is in his first year as Jets coach, he is keenly aware of their rivalry with the Giants. His father was a huge Giants fan. There was little option when it came to what the family would watch on Sundays. "He was my dad, so we watched what he wanted to watch. There weren't a lot of TVs in the house, so I watched quite a few Giants games," Mangini said.


Monday Marks a Return and an Introduction - 08/21/2006

The New York Jets welcomed two talented players to their offensive backfield Monday as veteran quarterback Chad Pennington returned to practice and running back Kevan Barlow joined his new team. Pennington missed the Jets’ second preseason game in Washington due to personal reasons while Barlow was acquired via a Sunday trade with the San Francisco 49ers. Pennington was back in his familiar spot with the first string offense and played as if he didn’t miss a beat. However, it was clear that his mind was elsewhere. Barlow, a 6’1”, 234-pound player in his sixth season, lined up with the Green & White midway through their workout. Almost immediately upon his entrance to the field, Barlow was given a handoff. After the run, Barlow watched the majority of practice both from the sidelines and with the quarterbacks.

Fantasy Impact: For a day in training camp, this turned out quite well for the Jets. Pennington's absence is no cause for concern and although Barlow has been mediocre so far in his career, as the new starting RB for New York he could be a valuable late-round sleeper.


Family illness sidelines Pennington for Redskins game - 08/18/2006

Jets quarterback Chad Pennington will miss Saturday's preseason game against Washington because of a family illness. Coach Eric Mangini excused Pennington for the weekend, the team said Friday. Pennington also missed practice Thursday. Pennington is involved in a four-player competition for the starting job, but is the favorite to win it. Quarterbacks Patrick Ramsey, Kellen Clemens and Brooks Bollinger are expected to play against the Redskins.

Fantasy Impact: The same family problem that kept Pennington out of practice during the week will also keep him out of the Jets' next preseason game. However, until this issue becomes serious there should be no cause for concern and Pennington still figures to be the starting quarterback.


Jets QB Pennington misses practice for family reasons - 08/17/2006

Jets quarterback Chad Pennington was excused from practice Thursday for personal reasons and his status for this weekend's preseason game against Washington is uncertain. Coach Eric Mangini said Pennington left because of a family illness. He wouldn't say whether Pennington would travel to Washington with the team Friday or play against the Redskins on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Unless it's an injury, a player's excused absence from practice should not mean much to fantasy owners. This is the case with Pennington and it should have no bearing on his production.


Shouldering load: Pennington good after first action - 08/13/2006
Source:, NY Sports Day

Sure, New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington had soreness in his right shoulder after playing two series against Tampa Bay. But there was no setback to his rehab. No additional injuries. Just the soreness that all football players get after playing in a game. So Pennington was back out on the practice field Sunday, running with the first-team offense and happy with the way he was able to bounce back.

Fantasy Impact: In addition to recovering from his shoulder injury enough to play at training camp, Pennington has probably been the leading candidate for the starting job based on his performance. Although he will most likely not be as effective as in prior years, he has put up good numbers in the past and could regain at least some of that ability.


Pennington or other Jets QB to start against Simms - 08/10/2006

Chad Pennington isn't reading anything into Eric Mangini's reluctance to name a starting quarterback for the New York Jets' preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Whether he takes the first snap or not, the oft-injured seventh-year pro will take a significant step Friday night when he plays in a game for the first time since undergoing a second major operation on his right shoulder.

Fantasy Impact: By playing in this, his first game back in the quarterback rotation, Pennington takes a big step in his attempt to make a full comeback. However, he is stillva huge risk until he proves that this comeback can be successful.


Mangini: Jets QB job wide open - 08/03/2006

Though Chad Pennington has outplayed his competition for the open quarterback job, New York Jets coach Eric Mangini insists he has yet to make a decision on a starter. Mangini said yesterday in Hempstead, N.Y., that he will continue with the four-man rotation of Pennington, Patrick Ramsey, Brooks Bollinger and rookie Kellen Clemens during training camp, refuting a report that Pennington had won the job less than a week into practice. “I can just tell you as the head coach of this football team what I told everyone in here is the same - the rotation will continue and there is no change on that situation,” Mangini said.

Fantasy Impact: Contrary to reports out of the Jets' training camp, Pennington has not won the job, but has shown better abilities than the other quarterbacks. Whoever gains the starting job as the New York quarterback, there is great risk in assuming that he can put up quality fantasy numbers.


Jets to go with Pennington as starter - 08/02/2006
Source: Star-Ledger,

Chad Pennington has won the Jets' starting quarterback job, according to a team official with knowledge of the team's plans. The official, who requested anonymity because coach Eric Mangini isn't ready to make a formal announcement, said the competition at quarterback is over. Pennington, the official said, has surprised the organization with his arm strength and accuracy, easily outdistancing himself from Patrick Ramsey.

Fantasy Impact: With that, it seems as though one of the quarterback battles in the league has been settled and it should give the Jets some continuity entering the season. However, choosing Pennington in a fantasy draft early is a huge risk.


A Battle of Arms - 07/28/2006

The four-way battle for the New York Jets vacancy at quarterback reignited Friday in Hempstead. You can place the four passers - Brooks Bollinger, Kellen Clemens, Chad Pennington, and Patrick Ramsey - in any particular order at the moment because they all have a shot at the job.

Fantasy Impact: For fantasy owners contemplating any of the Jets' quarterbacks there is little guarantee that anyone will emerge and a huge risk involved with the presence of this battle.


Good start: Pennington participates in first two days of passing camp - 06/03/2006

Chad Pennington threw for a second straight day at the Jets' passing camp Wednesday, another encouraging sign in his comeback from a second major shoulder injury. Pennington participated in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills Tuesday, the first day of organized team activities. He did the same Wednesday, indicating he had no major setbacks from his first team practice since last September.

Fantasy Impact: Assuming that Pennington can return to his '02 form after two shoulder surgeries, although extremely unlikely, he could be a major fantasy factor and a big help for the Jets' playoff hopes.

  Passing Rushing Fumbles
Year Team G Rating Att Comp Pct Yds YPG YPA Int TD 300+
Yd G
Sacks Sack
Att Yds YPA YPG TD 100+
Yd G
Fum Fum
2004 NYJ 13 91 370 242 65.4 2673 205.6 7.2 9 16 0 18 103 34 126 3.7 9.7 1 0 5 2
2005 NYJ 3 70.9 83 49 59 530 176.7 6.4 3 2 0 9 52 6 27 4.5 9 0 0 7 2
  Passing Rushing Fumbles
Week Opp Rating Att Comp Pct Yds YPG YPA Int TD 300+
Yd G
Sacks Sack
Att Yds YPA YPG TD 100+
Yd G
Fum Fum
1@TEN 123.2 33 24 0 319 0 9.7 0 2 1 2 17 2 7 3.5 0 0 0 1 1
2NWE 92.8 37 22 0 306 0 8.3 1 2 1 4 20 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
3@BUF 94.5 29 19 0 183 0 6.3 0 1 0 1 1 3 8 2.7 0 0 0 0 0
4IND 97.6 23 17 0 207 0 9 1 1 0 3 21 1 5 5 0 0 0 1 1
5@JAC 28.9 17 10 0 71 0 4.2 3 0 0 4 20 2 17 8.5 0 0 0 0 0
6MIA 99.1 29 17 0 175 0 6 0 2 0 2 6 1 -1 -1 0 0 0 0 0
7DET 94.7 22 16 0 189 0 8.6 1 1 0 2 12 5 2 0.4 0 0 0 1 0
8@CLE 21.1 28 11 0 108 0 3.9 2 0 0 1 3 3 9 3 0 0 0 0 0
10@NWE 76.3 33 22 0 168 0 5.1 1 1 0 1 7 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 0
11CHI 42.8 35 19 0 162 0 4.6 2 0 0 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12HOU 115.8 31 24 0 286 0 9.2 0 1 0 1 9 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
13@GNB 88.2 35 25 0 263 0 7.5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14BUF 61.8 35 22 0 182 0 5.2 2 1 0 2 18 4 19 4.8 0 0 0 2 1
15@MIN 98.1 39 29 0 339 0 8.7 1 1 1 2 16 3 11 3.7 0 0 0 1 1
16@MIA 87.9 29 14 0 237 0 8.2 0 1 0 1 8 4 26 6.5 0 0 0 1 0
17OAK 96.1 30 22 0 157 0 5.2 0 1 0 1 8 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006To Date 82.6 485 313 64.5 3352 209.5 6.9 16 17 3 30 172 35 109 3.1 6.8 0 0 7 4


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