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Rex, Jets quash tensions over Cromartie comments

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By Associated Press

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Rex Ryan put a quick end to a budding controversy.

The New York Jets coach addressed his players during a meeting Wednesday, reminding them to consider what they say in the wake of cornerback Antonio Cromartie's remarks that he'd rank himself the second-best wide receiver on the team.

Wide receiver Chaz Schilens said Wednesday he felt the comment was a "slight" to the players at his position. He backtracked Thursday, saying he cleared the air with Cromartie. "Antonio Cromartie is a hell of an athlete," Schilens said with a smile. "He could play wide receiver anytime he wants to."

Schilens also spoke individually with Ryan, who thought Cromartie's comments were mostly a joke and recognized that Schilens didn't take them as they might have been intended.

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