Ex-Jet Woody: 'I'm one of their biggest fans'

Damien Woody was given a chance to rip Matt Slauson.

He didn’t.

“What’s the point?” Woody said. “The bottom line is he’s uplifting his teammates. I have no problem with that. I’m not in the lockeroom anymore,” Woody said on ESPN New York 1050’s “The Michael Kay Show” Friday.

Slauson made headlines earlier in the week when he called starting right tackle Wayne Hunter an “upgrade” over Woody, now an ESPN NFL analyst. Woody, who started at right tackle for the Jets from 2008-10, had been critical of his former team, saying they lost their identity as a Ground & Pound football team.

“I watch a lot of things on the NFL Network and ESPN, and they're all saying, ‘Well, the Jets aren't running the ball because they're not the same team. They don't have those guys that can grind on you, play after play,’” Slauson said. “That just isn't true. We have the guys. Our offensive line is the same, except we have Wayne and, in our opinion, that's an upgrade.”

Slauson added, “I like Damien. He's a really good player. He'd had a hell of a career, but Wayne is an incredible athlete. As long as we continue to work and learn and execute, our line is going to be better in the coming games and the coming years.”

Woody said Hunter has been better in recent weeks after getting off to a horrific start.

“I just think he’s playing up to his athletic ability,” Woody said. “He’s out there, he’s always been an athletic guy, and now he’s putting it all together. He has confidence and it’s showing on the field.”

Despite the recent animosity between he and his former teammates, Woody said he remains a Jets supporter.

“At the end of the day, I’m one of their biggest fans,” Woody said. “And look, the things [Matt] said, that’s his opinion. I’m not gonna knock a man for his opinion. The things I’ve accomplished speak for themselves.”

As for Christmas Card-gate -- Slauson said Woody never sent him one -- Woody said, “Look send me your address, and I’ll get you one of the Woody Christmas Cards this year.”