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Jane McManus of The Journal News on the Jets.

Kellen is a pro

August
11

Kellen Clemens is in his third quarterback competition in his four years with the Jets. Last year’s with Chad Pennington abruptly ended when Brett Favre came in and Pennington was cut and picked up by the Dolphins. This year he would have faced Brett Ratliff for the starting spot, until a more challenging Mark Sanchez was snatched by the Jets in the NFL Draft.

Whatever your opinion of Clemens on the field, he is a very professional guy off of it. He took time to go over to Sanchez early on and say a few words after a rough outing during an OTA or minicamp. Today he said this about his philosophy on paying what he learned from Pennington forward.

“Really, it all comes down to one thing,” said Clemens, left in an AP photo with Erik Ainge and Sanchez. “When I was a rookie, I came in hoping to play and Chad Pennington was the veteran. Chad was very gracious with his knowledge and was very generous with the information he had, sharing it with me despite the fact that we were competing.

“I guess it’s kind of my way of paying it forward, sort of doing the same thing for Mark. We’re competing and each of us wants to play and unfortunately there’s only going to be one of us out there, but at the same time he’s been very respectful of me and the other vets coming in with the accolades that he’s got and the high draft status.

“He’s done a very good job of remaining humble and respectful of the guys that have been here as well. And someday Mark will be the old guy and there will be some wet behind the ears kid that got drafted and he’ll do the same thing for him.”

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Jane McManusJane McManus joined The Journal News in 1999, after working at The Daily News and Newsday. Since she's been here, she's covered everything from girls basketball to the Final Four, the U.S. Open of both golf and tennis and recreational sports from rock climbing to roller derby (which she liked so much she joined the team). READ MORE
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