Chaz Schilens learned the hard way this week that he is not in Oakland anymore.
The current Jets (and former Raiders) receiver angered coach Rex Ryan by getting into a public spat with cornerback Antonio Cromartie - a back-and-forth that landed on the back pages of two New York tabloids.
A chastenend Schilens said Thursday that he had learned his lesson after firing back at Cromartie, a cornerback expected to have a limited role on offense who labeled himself the second-best receiver on the team in an interview with ESPN Tuesday.
"I was probably a little agitated," he said. "I probably said some stuff I shouldn’t have. Everything is taken care of, no problems with Cro. I’ll do what’s best for the team and go from there."
Schilens said he and Ryan "talked for a quick second and worked some things out and I understand what I could have done differently . . . I think it was a teachable moment. I understand what I could have done better."
Schilens said he and Cromartie also discussed the incident.
"I think maybe I didn’t quite understand what was said and something was lost in the communication," he said. "I’s a good day, though. Antonio Cromartie is a hell of an athlete and he could play receiver if he wanted to."
Cromartie declined to speak to reporters for a second consecutive day.
The Jets could use Cromartie at receiver given a spate of minor injuries that has struck that position. Schilens sat out Thursday with a groin injury.
"We just have to get back healthy and start to make plays," he said. "I think I’m good. I think I’m a day or two away from getting out there. Hopefully I can participate in the scrimmage [Saturday] and make some plays out there."
Schilens admitted the way a story can blow up in the New York media spotlight surprised him.
"Maybe a little bit, yeah.," he said. "I’m not quite used to this, but yeah, maybe I was. I will think twice . . . I’ve never really seen anything like this. It was a little bit different in Oakland, to say the least. To say the least.
"I understand. I’ll do what’s best for the team and right now it’s all about a positive image for the team and how we can present ourselves to you guys hopefully for the entire season."