New York Jets’ wide receiver Chaz Schilens said cornerback Antonio Cromartie’s comment asserting himself the No. 2 wide receiver on the depth chart is a “slight” that he wouldn’t have made if he were Cromartie.
According to a report on Wednesday from Jane McManus of ESPN, Schilens won’t confront him about it, opting instead to let the truth be told on the field:
“We’ll address it on the football field,” said Schilens, the 6-foot-4, former Oakland Raiders who signed with the Jets this offseason. “I think it’s a slight, I’m not going to lie. I just wouldn’t say it, it’s not something I would say but I’m not him I guess.”
Schilens said it’s his job to “fix that situation.” He said hat Cromartie, though gifted athletically, won’t get by in the NFL on his speed alone:
“Everyone knows Cro is unbelievably athletically gifted, very fast, but I’ve played with a lot of receivers and playing receiver is [about] more than playing fast,” Schilens said.
On Tuesday’s ESPNs First Take, Cromartie said he ranks just behind Santonio Holmes on the team, which would mean he thinks he’s better than Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, Patrick Turner and others.
Those comments prompted Jets head coach Rex Ryan to respond by saying that he’s aware of the situation and the competition between them and he’s staying on top of it so that it doesn’t develop into a problem:
“I’m aware of what was said, OK?” Ryan said. “I’m on top of it, I’m telling you that right now. I’m on top of it, and it will not be a problem. And that’s all that I’m going to say about the whole thing.”