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Observation deck: Pennington is happy camper

Jonathan Vilma is committed to becoming a steady playmaker in the system favored by head coach Eric Mangini., writes Jeffri Chadiha.

Originally Published: August 2, 2007
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Five observations from New York Jets training camp, gleaned from the team's July 31 practices:

Jonathan Vilma
Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesFor Jonathan Vilma, this year's training camp has been a period of adjustment.
1. Spotlight on Vilma

Expect a better year from inside linebacker Jonathan Vilma now that he is entering his second season in the Jets' 3-4 defense. Despite having the quickness and speed to be a good fit as a middle linebacker in a 4-3 scheme, he is committed to becoming a steady playmaker in the system favored by coach Eric Mangini. It is not just Vilma's lack of size (6-foot-1, 230 pounds) that made playing in a 3-4 defense difficult for him. His new responsibilities also hurt his productivity.

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