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Former Jets receiver Chaz Schilens rips the Jets, Mark Sanchez

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Chaz Schilens criticized the New York Jets (USA Today Sports Images)

Detroit Lions wide receiver Chaz Schilens spent a forgettable 2012 season with the New York Jets. In 15 games, Schilens caught 28 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns, playing in 47.02 percent of the offensive snaps before missing the regular season finale with a knee injury.

Schilens was not brought back by the Jets and signed a one-year deal with the Lions before the start of this year's training camp. Schilens was asked about why things did not work out with the receiver-needy Jets.

Schilens did not pull any punches, reports Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

"For me there?" Schilens said. "Really, when it came down to it, I kind of felt like they were looking for scapegoats and besides everyone except for, you know, maybe the quarterback position, and it was what it was. When free agency didn’t start off right away, I just kind of understood what it was and part of the business."

When asked what Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez could do to win back the fan base, Schilens, who is fighting for a roster spot in Detroit, answered the question by not answering the question.

"Nothing good to say, so I’m not going to say nothing."

The Jets and Lions open up their preseason schedules against one another at Ford Field in Detroit on Friday night. It's a shame that the game is not at MetLife Stadium as it would have been interesting to see how Jets fans responded to Schilens' comments.

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