When the Jets signed Antonio Cromartie before last season it was with the thought that he could provide a playmaker opposite Darrelle Revis. The corner who plays opposite the best in the game needs to be able to handle constantly being challenged. This means he is going to give up some plays based on the sheer volume of balls coming his way, yet he needs to compensate for those plays allowed by creating some of his own. Cromartie has the ability to do this and we saw that on display today.
It is one thing to be able to intercept the ball, It is another thing to be able to completely change field positon after you catch it. Cromartie totaled 63 return yards on his two interceptions today. On the first interception he took it from the goal-line out to near midfield. On the second, he ran it back from outside the 20 to inside the 1 yard line. He is a playmaker with the football in his hands, which is why we are now seeing him in all three phases of the game.
Cromartie has the ability to be the league’s best kick returner, especially in Mike Westhoff’s system. He ripped off two big ones today and you have to feel it is going to be sooner rather than later before he takes one back. The Jets have even used Cromartie on offense in each of their first two games, faking a reverse to him in week one and handing him a reverse today. Keep an eye on him moving forward.