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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- New York Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma understands quarterback Chad Pennington's potential, if he is able to do the improbable and recover completely from two rotator cuff surgeries to his throwing shoulder.

"Chad has always had the mental part of the game," said Vilma, who has played against Pennington in practice the past three seasons. "It is just a question of executing."

Translation: Pennington understands the Jets' offense and reads defenses well, but will his arm be strong enough to throw the ball well during the season? One Jets receiver thinks arm strength will not be an issue for Pennington this season.

"It is something I don't even think about anymore," Justin McCareins said.

The knock on Pennington throughout his career has been his inability to throw the deep ball and a lack of velocity on his midrange passes. Last year, the Jets' offense consisted primarily of running and short passes. With the acquisition of running back Thomas Jones, who rushed for 1,210 yards for Chicago last season, the Jets might have better luck throwing the ball downfield.

"That is the hope," said Pennington, who threw for 3,352 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2006. "You will always want to have a balanced offense."

Pennington, however, shied away this week from giving his opinion about whether the Jets' offense should include more passing this season, or whether the offense should center on Jones or himself.

If the Jets are to improve on last season's 10-6 record, more production in the passing game would help. In their 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots that eliminated them from the playoffs, the Jets scored just six points in the second half. New York showed little indication of a long passing game that was needed for a comeback.

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Chad Pennington has never been known for his arm strength.

Based on minicamp, which will conclude Saturday, it is tough to judge whether Pennington's arm strength has improved. A lot of Pennington's long passes Friday were floaters, but some of the receivers may have run incorrect routes. A few of his passes were intercepted, but the defense knew many of the plays the offense ran.

Pennington led the offense on a touchdown drive in a two-minute drill at the end of Thursday's morning practice. He looked sharp in the drill, completing a touchdown pass to Laveranues Coles, who was surrounded by three defenders.

Three factors should help Pennington to improve in 2007. The first is that he was able to go through a normal offseason program. Pennington spent the previous two offseasons rehabilitating his shoulder, sometimes working eight hours a day on rehab. And Pennington was able to participate in organized team activity drills over the past two weeks, which should give him a better working relationship with his receivers. He also is much more familiar with the Jets' offense in Year Two of the Mangini era.

"This focus from this year to last year has switched from learning the basics to focusing on nuances," Mangini said.

Pennington's familiarity with the offense showed Friday, as he was often directing rookie receivers when they ran the wrong routes. Pennington admitted that last year was about learning the basics, but this season he is grasping the more complicated elements of the Jets' offense.

Besides Pennington, the Jets' offensive line also seems more in sync than a year ago. The improved communication was a good sign considering Mangini mandated that loud music be played throughout Thursday's morning practice.

"Even with multiple groups of personnel, there was excellent communication," Mangini said.

Pennington had two rookie offensive linemen last year, center Nick Mangold and tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Both played well, especially Mangold, but another year of experience won't hurt. If guard Pete Kendall can resolve his contract dispute, the Jets should have a talented offensive line.

A healthy Pennington would help, too.

William Bendetson is an intern for ESPN.com

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When Brad Smith can emerge as a #3 slot receiver and perform well, this offense will be talked about amongst one of the best in the AFC, even with Pennington leading the way. This is really the only thing the Jets are missing from being in that discussion: a slot receiver.

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When Brad Smith can emerge as a #3 slot receiver and perform well, this offense will be talked about amongst one of the best in the AFC, even with Pennington leading the way. This is really the only thing the Jets are missing from being in that discussion: a slot receiver.

Good point, wrong guy. Chansi Stuckey will develop into that slot receiver.

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When Brad Smith can emerge as a #3 slot receiver and perform well, this offense will be talked about amongst one of the best in the AFC, even with Pennington leading the way. This is really the only thing the Jets are missing from being in that discussion: a slot receiver.

We got a slot receiver, Chansi Stuckey, I watched the majority of his games, he's a beast.

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When Brad Smith can emerge as a #3 slot receiver and perform well, this offense will be talked about amongst one of the best in the AFC, even with Pennington leading the way. This is really the only thing the Jets are missing from being in that discussion: a slot receiver.

Brad Smith is a LONG way away from being the # 3 guy on this team, if it happens at all. I hope it does because he is explosive. Just not counting on it.

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Mike, if we got every free agent you wanted, we would be 50 million over the cap. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a season.

This has nothing to do with getting "every FA I wanted" This is about a gaping hole (or 3) at very important positions that weren't filled. What am I supposed to say? Thats it's great that the jets have 3 scrubs starting on their O Line as of now?

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This has nothing to do with getting "every FA I wanted" This is about a gaping hole (or 3) at very important positions that weren't filled. What am I supposed to say? Thats it's great that the jets have 3 scrubs starting on their O Line as of now?

We pick up 2 OL in the 1st round last year. I would like pick up 1 or 2 OL early. But we had alot of holes at CB, RB, LB, DL, OL Who would you give up this year? Revis, Harris, Jones???

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I really like Chansi Stucky too, but, my feeling is that he is more of a outside receiver, not an inside receiver and the slot man plays on the inside, obviously. He could be, and I definitely think he will be, a major 7th round steal for us but when in the game, he will be lining up on the outside. Lets see what happens. Hopefully Stuckey can reach his full potential, if he does, we do have a great weapon in him for the future.

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Hackett I would have to agree with you..the Jets had some holes to fill on D that had to be attended to this year. As for the O Line that could have been addressed in free agency if anywhere.

The problem with that Tyson is that it wasn't addressed. I understand that the D needed work but without an O line that can block the jets are going nowhere fast. The fact that our QB can't get the ball down the field makes the running game even more important and it seems to me that it's been neglected this off season.

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The fact that our QB can't get the ball down the field makes the running game even more important and it seems to me that it's been neglected this off season.

The fact that our QB can't get the ball down the field makes the running game even more difficult with 8 in the box and it seems to me that this is turning into another Chad thread this off season. ;-)

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Chad Pennington has never been known for his arm strength.

Based on minicamp, which will conclude Saturday, it is tough to judge whether Pennington's arm strength has improved. A lot of Pennington's long passes Friday were floaters, but some of the receivers may have run incorrect routes. A few of his passes were intercepted, but the defense knew many of the plays the offense ran.

Pennington led the offense on a touchdown drive in a two-minute drill at the end of Thursday's morning practice. He looked sharp in the drill, completing a touchdown pass to Laveranues Coles, who was surrounded by three defenders.

FLOATERS?

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Chad Pennington has never been known for his arm strength.

Based on minicamp, which will conclude Saturday, it is tough to judge whether Pennington's arm strength has improved. A lot of Pennington's long passes Friday were floaters, but some of the receivers may have run incorrect routes. A few of his passes were intercepted, but the defense knew many of the plays the offense ran.

Pennington led the offense on a touchdown drive in a two-minute drill at the end of Thursday's morning practice. He looked sharp in the drill, completing a touchdown pass to Laveranues Coles, who was surrounded by three defenders.

FLOATERS?

Are you surprised by this?

All of Chad's "deep balls" are floaters. Just like his 10-15 yard outs. Everyone in the NFL knows this.

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Chad Pennington has never been known for his arm strength.

Based on minicamp, which will conclude Saturday, it is tough to judge whether Pennington's arm strength has improved. A lot of Pennington's long passes Friday were floaters, but some of the receivers may have run incorrect routes. A few of his passes were intercepted, but the defense knew many of the plays the offense ran.

Pennington led the offense on a touchdown drive in a two-minute drill at the end of Thursday's morning practice. He looked sharp in the drill, completing a touchdown pass to Laveranues Coles, who was surrounded by three defenders.

FLOATERS?

That is the whole point KY.

Chad's lack of arm strength is never more apparent then when he takes on a decent defense. A crappy D cannot make him one dimensional for the most part. Good and better Ds can.

Chad will win more then his fair share against average or worse teams. Chad apologists like to ignore the numbers, but they are obvious. 17-6 against losing teams (16-21 vs winning teams) and 5-23 against Ds with that are ranked in the Top 20 in points allowed (28-4 vs Ds <20).

Chad is what he is. An accurate QB with a below average arm.

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