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Get Going or Get Gone
Adam Duerson
September 10, 2007
A fast start is a must if these players are to retain their fantasy value
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September 10, 2007

Get Going Or Get Gone

A fast start is a must if these players are to retain their fantasy value

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KELLEN CLEMENS has seemingly secured his status as the Jets' Quarterback of the Future. A second-round pick out of Oregon in 2006, Clemens averaged a touchdown every 10 throws this preseason, and his sparkling 112.2 passer rating was more than twice that of incumbent Chad Pennington's. The upshot: Like the other players shown on this page, eighth-year man Pennington needs to be sharp right away. Coach Eric Mangini now has a strong alternative at QB.

The Jets' schedule won't make it easy on Pennington, who will face five top 12 pass defenses in the first six weeks. In his favor, though, is his history of defeating the doubters by coming out roaring. Last year, returning from his second surgery in as many seasons on his throwing shoulder and dealing with lingering questions about his arm strength, Pennington averaged 269 passing yards in the first three games while tossing five TDs and just one INT. A repeat performance is necessary to ensure that he remains the Jets'--and fantasy owners'--Quarterback of the Present.

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