"I was just stepping in," is how Gay explained it. "Cortez is dealing with an injury issue."
But Allen was healthy enough to cover slot receivers in sub-packages Wednesday.
Allen was asked if he lost his starting job.
"I've got to take care of a few things that need to get back right, as far as the scheme of things," Allen said.
Well, if Gay is indeed the new first-team cornerback, it's a deserving promotion. He played well while Allen was out with an ankle injury in the second and third games, and has played well all season in sub-packages.
"I think he's been playing really well," said safety Ryan Clark. "Same guy he was before he left: extremely intelligent, very reliable, great tackler. You can move him around anywhere. He's definitely been a plus for us."
When asked to assess his performance this season, Gay would only say, "We're 0-4."
WILL ALLEN WORKS OUT
A day after being released by the Dallas Cowboys, former Steelers safety Will Allen came in for a workout.
Allen, a 10-year vet, played the last three seasons with the Steelers before signing a one-year contract with the Cowboys.
He started the first two games but was replaced by rookie J.J. Wilcox in the third game. Allen made made 9 tackles and defensed 3 passes for the Cowboys. He also intercepted Eli Manning in the opener.
Steelers backup safety Damon Cromartie-Smith is struggling with a hip flexor injury.
"Absolutely tremendous," Jets coach Rex Ryan said of Colon. "Mike Tomlin knows Willie Colon, and everybody knows this is a tough man. You guys know it as well as I do. He's great in the locker room. He's brought so much leadership to us and is still just doing a tremendous job for us as well. He had his best game of the season this past week and he has done a great job as a player, but I'm really proud of the contributions he has made for our football team. He is quite a leader, probably one of our biggest leaders on the offensive side."
Colon said he expected the Steelers to ask him to take a pay cut this past off-season, but they instead released him on March 13. He signed with the Jets three days later and his hometown team is 3-2.
"It was fresh start, a new chapter," Colon said. "Pittsburgh gave me everything. I gave them everything, the good, the bad and the ugly. At the end of the day, I love that city. I love what they gave me, but it's time for me to move on. I'm a Jet."
Colon also said of Tomlin, his old coach, "I love him to death." Why?
"Me and Coach T have a personal relationship. I think his ability to be a total general, his ability, when I was there, to always have a plan. There's a plan A, there's a plan B and there's a plan C. Throughout it all, he never rode the emotional rollercoaster. He always had a direct order. He always believed in us as a line. He believed in my abilities to handle that room and he believed in me personally as a man. I'm forever grateful for that. There is so much I learned from him by just watching through my years there. It was priceless. I'm kind of in debt from him in that regard."