Chaz Schilens on rooming with Tim Tebow

Chaz Schilens.
AL PEREIRA/GETTY IMAGES

When the Jets signed former Raiders wide receiver Chaz Schilens this offseason, they not only got a potential playmaker for their receiving corps, they also got someone to test the caloric willpower of Tim Tebow.

Schilens and Tebow are roommates for training camp, and the duo has hit it off. They talk football and have enjoyed getting to know each other, with Tebow sharing the big screen television he brought up from New Jersey for camp and Schilens in turn offering Tebow a late night snack. It was an offer that the fitness nut Tebow quickly refused.

“I was eating Teddy Grahams last night and I offered him some,” Schilens said. “But he didn’t eat them.”

Of all the things Schilens has learned about Tebow, he said he is most impressed with the quarterback’s dedication to working out. But Schilens is no slouch in that department himself, especially coming off the year he had.

Only once, his rookie year in 2008, has Schilens played in all 16 regular season games. Last year he played in 15 games for Oakland, with a modest haul of 23 catches for 271 yards and two touchdowns. But Schilens is an impressively built 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, making him an ideal replacement for Plaxico Burress.

“I think I can probably fit into a couple different places. Honestly, I’ll just make plays like I told the guys and wait to see how it plays out in the end,” Schilens said. “We all have something to offer — and I think at the end of the day, no matter what, it’s going to be good.”

He’s never had more than 29 catches or two touchdowns in a season and was often under-utilized in Oakland. Schilens has already shown himself to be a decent route runner early in training camp.

After Holmes, the Jets roster doesn’t have a proven wide receiver and there is the opportunity for him to come to New York and step into a prominent role.

“It’s a fresh start for me. They believe in me and I like being here. I do have something to prove,” Schilens said.

“It was everything. It was Rex, it was coach, it had a lot to do with coach [Tony] Sparano and had a lot to do with the opportunity; the way they thought of me [and] the way they believed in me.”

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer for live updates from Cortland.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Actor Tracy Morgan wasn't wearing seatbelt in June…

By Jonathan Stempel(Reuters) - Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and others in his limousine were not wearing seat belts when their vehicle was struck by…

National

Connected cars: Is AT&T leaving Verizon in its…

By Marina Lopes and Bernie WoodallWASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - Verizon Communications, the No.1 U.S. wireless carrier known for its widespread coverage, is falling behind its biggest…

Local

Grand jury begins hearing evidence in Eric Garner…

A grand jury began hearing evidence Monday relating to the death of Eric Garner while in police custody in July. Garner, 43, of Staten Island,…

Local

Mayor announces plan for solar panels at city…

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the planned installation of 24 new solar panels at city schools on Monday morning. The panels, a $28 million investment,…

Going Out

Taste what Lower Manhattan is cooking at today's…

The Lower Manhattan food scene has changed a lot in three years, which you can taste first hand when the neighborhood's food festival returns. On…

Television

Review: 'Selfie' tries to coast on the charm…

"Selfie" offers cute leads and some good jokes, but focuses too much on a vague distaste for social media.

Movies

Review: Jason Reitman's 'Men, Women & Children' is…

Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" takes a hysterical and melodramatic look at disconnection in the digital age, turning strong actors into zombies.

Television

TV watch list, Monday, Sept. 29: 'Castle,' 'Mom'…

Tune in for the season premieres of "Castle," "Mom" and "NCIS: Los Angeles."

NFL

Ryan Quigley making a big impact for Jets…

Ryan Quigley, now in his second year as the Jets punter, had an exceptional afternoon with six punts for an average of 51.7 yards per punt.

NFL

3 positives to take from Jets loss to…

The Jets suffered another loss Sunday — 24-17 to the Lions — but the reason why it hurts so much for Jets fans is that…

MLB

Joe Girardi not confident David Robertson will return…

David Robertson was as seamless as anyone could be replacing Mariano Rivera as he converted 39 saves, with a 3.08 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony preaches patience with new coach, offense

While star forward Carmelo Anthony said he’s “enthusiastic” and “optimistic” for the upcoming season, he still wants everyone — from within the locker room and…

Education

How to ace your private school interview

Getting ready for a private school interview can be daunting for many, most of whom might never have been in an interview situation before. We’ve…

Education

5 questions parents should ask while visiting private…

It can be hard to know what to look for when searching for a new school for your child. Parents considering several different schools can…

Education

3 ways to save money on college application…

With the average high school student applying to 5 or 6 schools, hefty application and test score fees can add up quickly. We’ve compiled some…

Education

Nap rooms: The latest college campus trend

College is a time filled with new experiences (and lots of schoolwork), leaving little time for students to get a good night’s rest. University of…