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Jets scrimmage in rain delay

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- We're in a rain delay at Shuart Stadium.

The New York Jets' intrasquad scrimmage has been paused because of ominous weather. A steady rain began shortly after the Green & White started. The stands were evacuated, but the Jets played on as the sky grew darker. The atmosphere took on a Friday night, under-the-lights feel.

But, with lightning in the area, Jets coach Eric Mangini cleared the field a few moments ago even though there still was about 5:40 left in the first half.

We're awaiting word whether the scrimmage will resume.

There's not much to report. The weather made Hofstra University's synthetic surface slick. The drawn-together lineups lacked chemistry, as evidenced by the number of sacks (there's no tackling, but common sense dictated when officials blew their whistles).

A few plays that stood out:

  • Chad Pennington laid a downfield block on a Brad Smith reverse, then threw a 27-yard strike to Jerricho Cotchery at the left end zone sideline to put the Green up 7-0 (the only points so far).

  • The TD is Pennington's lone completion in four attempts so far. Kellen Clemens is 4 of 7 for 60 yards. Brett Ratliff is 3 of 4 for 21 yards. No interceptions yet.

  • OLB Vernon Gholston was on the right side against LT Jacob Bender, who was absorbing the sixth overall pick quite well. Traction on the slippery turf is a problem.