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Kellen Clemens still putting up a battle

Kellen Clemens is one of four quarterbacks on

Kellen Clemens is one of four quarterbacks on the Jets' roster. (Dec. 3, 2009) Credit: Getty Images

He may no longer be in the running for the No. 2 spot behind Mark Sanchez, but Kellen Clemens apparently isn't about to give up all hope of making the team.

Clemens had one of his most decent outings in a while, stepping into  Monday night's game against the Giants in the third quarter ahead of Mark Brunell. Clemens helped lead the Jets down the field to get in position for Nick Folk's field goal to open the second half.

With Brunell having sewn up the primary backup job, the Jets probably want to get a really good look at Clemens. Or at the very least, let someone else get a gander at him. That, plus the fact the Jets are taking it easy with Brunell so far in practice and are giving him some reps off, likely led to Clemens' leapfrog in the gameplan.

"I don’t think that was any sort of pecking order or indicator," Clemens said. "I was told last night that they were going to give me a shot earlier on in the game, but I haven’t been told that has anything to do with where we are ranked as far as 1-2-3. As far as I know, the No. 1 and 2 spots are pretty locked up."

Clemens, who's  in his fifth season, connected on 7 of 10 attempts for 84 yards. He finished with a QB rating of 95.4.

"I felt good. I felt real comfortable out there," he said. "I would have liked the deep ball to Santonio [Holmes] to have been about two inches shorter. All in all, we moved the ball nicely. We just have to put it in the end zone."

Brunell came in on the final drive of the third quarter, completing his first pass to tight end Matthew Mulligan for 14 yards. That was his lone completion in three attempts.

Kevin O'Connell had the worst game of the quartet, throwing a pair of interceptions. He also had a 9-yard touchdown run with under a minute remaining in the fourth quarter reversed.


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