Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie and wide receiver Chaz Schilens are not just battling it out on the practice field.
On Tuesday afternoon, Cromartie told ESPN’s "First Take" that he was the Jets 'second-best’ receiver, despite not having played the position in almost five years.
Following Wednesday morning’s practice, Schilens spoke with reporters regarding his teammate’s curious declaration.
““I kind of thought it was a joke, but I guess he said it and that’s how he feels,” said Schilens of his initial reaction to Cromartie’s remarks . “It’s my job to fix that situation. We’ll see, we’ll see what goes on in practice, but he’s entitled to his opinion.”
Joining the Jets via free agency, Schilens amassed just seven touchdown receptions and 902 yards over the course of his first four seasons with the Oakland Raiders.
The 26-year-old wideout is looking to make an impact in New York, but his defensive counterpart’s recent comments have left Schilens scratching his head.
“I wouldn’t have said it, stated Schilens. “It’s not something I would have put out there.”
Coming off a bitterly disappointing 2011 season, plagued by chemistry woes and inner turmoil, head coach Rex Ryan expressed his desire to address the situation personally before it becomes a divisive force in the locker room.
“I’m aware of what was said,” noted Ryan. “I’m on top of it. It won’t be a problem.”
While Schilens is content with letting his play on the field do the talking, the former San Diego State standout emphasized that great receivers aren’t made overnight.
“Everyone knows Cro is unbelievably athletically gifted and very fast,” declared Schilens. “He’s a great athlete, but I’ve played with a lot of fast receivers and playing receiver is more about than just being fast. I’ll leave it at that.”
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
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