New York Jets: Terrell Owens

Rex fires back at T.O.

October, 11, 2012
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan disagreed with Terrell Owens' claim that the Jets are a desperate team because they played a cornerback -- Antonio Cromartie -- at wide receiver for five snaps in Monday night's loss to the Texans.

"Not just a corner," Ryan said Thursday. "Let's face it, he's the second-best receiver on our team."

That was a joking reference to Cromartie's headline-making quote from training camp, when it was revealed that he'd get a chance to play some receiver. On ESPN's "First Take," Cromartie said he'd be their second-best receiver, which chafed the other receivers, namely Chaz Schilens.

On Monday night, Cromartie and Mark Sanchez nearly hooked up for a long completion. Cromartie made an impressive, over-the-shoulder catch, but he was out of bounds because the pass drifted to the outside.

"After he went deep, I was like, 'He might have sold himself short,'" Ryan cracked.

Ryan gushed about Cromartie's athletic ability, particularly the way he has raised his performance at cornerback in the aftermath of Darrelle Revis' season-ending injury. Ryan has often referred to Revis and Deion Sanders as the two best all-around corners he's even seen, but Cromartie "has more (pure) ability than probably anybody I've ever seen at that position, him and Deion. He's starting to play that way."

Owens apparently wasn't impressed with Cromartie's receiving skills or the Jets' depth at receiver. During the Monday night telecast, the unemployed diva tweeted that he was ready, willing and able to help the Jets. The Jets have no interest in signing him. On Tuesday, Owens said in an interview that the Jets are more desperate than he is.

"When you have a defensive back playing offense and running routes, then I think that's more desperate than my actual tweet itself," Owens said.

Owens: Jets more desperate than me

October, 11, 2012
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Terrell Owens, the tweeting wide receiver, poked fun at the Jets Tuesday during an interview with Canada's TSN.

"I've read a lot of tweets and everybody's saying that I'm desperate, I'm begging for a job," Owens said. "But it's not begging for a job when you know that you can still play at a high level, given the opportunity. When you have a defensive back (Antonio Cromartie) playing offense and running routes, then I think that's more desperate than my actual tweet itself."

That was a reference, of course, to his tweet during the fourth quarter of the Jets' 23-17 loss Monday night to the Texans. Watching the Jets' bleak situation at wide receiver, the unemployed Owens announced via Twitter he was ready, willing and able to play for the Jets.

The Jets have no interest.

"I'm a social media-network-type of guy," Owens said. "I tweeted it just to have some fun with it, but at the same time there's a little bit of seriousness to it. I think a lot of people know, as I said, I'm ready, I'm willing and able to play the game."

Source: No interest in T.O.

October, 9, 2012
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Daniel Gluskoter/Icon SMITerrell Owens last played for Seattle, during the preseason.
Don't bother getting your popcorn ready. The Jets have no interest in signing unemployed WR Terrell Owens, a source said Tuesday.

Owens offered his services during Monday night's game, tweeting that he's ready, willing and able to suit up for the Jets, who lost Clyde Gates to a shoulder injury. Gates is scheduled for an MRI.

On a Tuesday morning conference call with reporters, Rex Ryan didn't immediately dismiss the idea, saying, "You never say never or anything. We'll look at all options, like we always do." But Ryan went on to say he doesn't think Gates' injury is serious and he expressed hope that rookie Stephen Hill (hamstring) can return this week.

"I would assume we would go with the same crew," Ryan said.

The same crew means Jeremy Kerley, Chaz Schilens, with Gates, Hill and newly signed Jason Hill, who had a big drop in the Jets' 23-17 loss to the Texans.

T.O. wants to join Gang Green

October, 9, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- T.O. wants in on the circus.

During Monday night’s game against the Houston Texans, free agent Terrell Owens tweeted that the Jets should pick him up.

“Hey JETS!!! I’m available! I’m ready, willing & able! Call my agent @jordanwoy & let’s make it happen,” Owens tweeted.

The Jets' No. 1 wide receiver, Santonio Holmes, is already out for the season, while rookie wideout Stephen Hill missed Monday night’s game due to a hamstring injury. Against the Texans, slot man Jeremy Kerley was elevated to the top of the depth chart.

Jets coach Rex Ryan didn’t want to bring back veteran Plaxico Burress because he wanted to stay young at the position, so there’s little chance he’d change his mind and bring in Owens.

Owens, 38, last played in the NFL in 2010 as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.