CORTLAND, N.Y. — Antonio Cromartie thinks he's the second-best wide receiver on the Jets behind Santonio Holmes. One problem: He's a cornerback.
The former Florida State standout's bold comments predictably didn't sit well with the Jets' actual receivers, particularly Chaz Schilens, who thinks his teammate should pipe down.
"I think it's a slight," Schilens said after practice Wednesday. "I'm not going to lie. I just wouldn't say it. It's not something I would say. I'm not him, I guess."
Cromartie, who could play some at receiver this season, was asked on ESPN First Take on Tuesday where he thinks he'd rank on the team's depth chart. The seven-year veteran said he'd be second to Holmes, putting him ahead of every other receiver, including Schilens, who signed as a free agent in March.
"I heard that," Schilens said. "I'll let him think whatever he wants. I think he thinks that (playing) receiver is a little different than what it actually is. He's unbelievably talented — and he plays cornerback. So, I don't know."
Coach Rex Ryan heard the comments from Cromartie, too, and wasn't pleased.
"I'm going to say this right now," Ryan said. "Listen to me when I tell you this: I'm aware of what was said, okay? 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."
REPLACEMENT REFS: With no end in sight to the labor dispute between the league and its officials, commissioner Roger Goodell said he is comfortable with the idea of using replacement officials in preseason games. Goodell said he doesn't think using officials with less experience will pose a safety risk to players.
"That's why we've been training them for the last two months and why they're on the field now, is to make sure they're prepared, they understand the rules," he said during a visit to Green Bay's training camp.
Replacement officials were on the field during practice and are expected to stay in Green Bay through Friday's "Family Night" scrimmage. The Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, between the Cardinals and Saints is Sunday.
REED WANTS TO STAY: Safety Ed Reed, who hinted at a potential holdout and even retirement, said he wants to remain with the Ravens on a long-term basis and has communicated that to general manager Ozzie Newsome. The 33-year-old former Miami star is entering the final year of a six-year, $40 million contract.
Brantley cut: The Ravens cut former Florida quarterback John Brantley, an undrafted rookie, to create a roster spot for newly acquired tight end Billy Bajema. Brantley was competing with Chester Stewart, Tyrod Taylor and Curtis Painter.
NO COMMENT: The Super Bowl champion Giants didn't bite when asked about Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' prediction — "watch us beat the Giants' (butts)" this season. To a man, the Giants uttered their usual cliches about talk is cheap and playing the game.
CHARGERS: Running back Ryan Mathews is listed as day to day after getting banged up in a car accident. He told reporters he banged an elbow "a little bit" and was sore.
COWBOYS: Running back Felix Jones, receiver Andre Holmes and safety Brodney Pool were cleared to practice starting Friday after passing their second-chance conditioning tests.
REDSKINS: Right tackle Jammal Brown doesn't need surgery on his ailing left hip, but there's no timetable for him to return to action.
STEELERS: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he has been dealing with a tear in his right rotator cuff since November. He downplayed the injury when asked how his arm felt.
TEXANS: Left tackle Duane Brown suffered a bone bruise in his ankle, X-rays revealed, and the second-team All-Pro will miss a couple of days of practice.