Funny how the weather always seems to know.
The Jets players are on the field at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium now going through pregame warmups for the annual Green & White Practice. And at the moment it’s dry along Hempstead Turnpike.
But the winds are picking up, the skies are forbidding, and lightning strikes can be seen coming out of the nastier clouds to the north. The forecast is for strong thunderstorms and possible hail coming through. So it’s hard to say how long the practice will last. But we’ll be here all afternoon one way or another.
The team rosters look to be the same as they were for Friday’s pre-practice. Chad Pennington and Brett Ratliff are the QBs for the Green team (I misidentified Pennington as the White QB on Friday), which is composed mostly of the first offense and second defense. Kellen Clemens and rookie Erik Ainge are the QBs for the White side, featuring the first defense and second offense.
Jimmy Raye, the 32-year-veteran assistant coach, often an offensive coordinator in his career, is the Green head coach, while defensive coordinator Bob Sutton skippers the White team. Eric Mangini, normally the Jets’ head coach, is the "commissioner" for the game and he’ll be monitoring both teams’ transmissions through his headset.
Three injured players, WR Laveranues Coles, TE Chris Baker and RB Jesse Chatman, are in the booth, as are RB Danny Woodhead, on IR, and LB Jason Trusnik, on physically-unable-to-perform. LB David Harris also has been out with an injury and will not play.
The practice is a game-simulation session, with many of the trappings of a real game. But there are some important differences.
There is no tackling to the ground, and if that happens, it’s a personal foul on the tackling team. QBs are in red jerseys and can’t be touched, nor can the kickers.
Still, the quarterbacks can be sacked if in the referee’s view he would have been sacked had contact been allowed. Likewise, It’s at the officials’ discretion when a running back is down.
The quarters will be 10 minutes long, not 15 as at last year’s closed Green & White practice at Fordham University, so the practice shouldn’t run as long as last year’s three-hour clocking. But that assumes no weather stoppages, and our stadium announcer just told the so far light crowd starting to fill the Shuart stands that they’ll be informed if lightning is in the area and that they should take cover if it is.
As we’ve been announcing on newyorkjets.com, roughly the first half of this practice will be aired on 1050 ESPN New York, with the call being supplied by the Jets radio team of Bob Wischusen and Marty Lyons. And our computer tech man Paul Marsh has just told me we will be able to stream the full game call on newyorkjets.com as well as being able to archive it it for playback later.
We’ve had the national anthem and some individual player introductions (!) for the green and white teams, and the New York Jets Flight Crew just performed a number, with Justin Miller following the moves with some steps of his own near the White sideline. We’re almost set to kick off. The plans from here are to provide you Radar entries throughout the game and a locker room wrapup, along with features by Eric Allen and Stephen Haynes. Talk to you shortly.
Tags: Bob Sutton, Chad Pennington, Eric Mangini, Green & White, Jimmy Raye, Justin Miller, Kellen Clemens
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