- Skrine to start (and move to slot in the nickel) if Cro is out [NJAM]
- Pagano, Luck, Moncrief praise Revis [ESPN New York]
- Chris Ivory is a powerhouse [AP]
- Colts-Jets will always bring back memories [Jets Official Site]
- Wilkerson, Coples make the top ten list for week one pass rushers [PFF]
Bent, theJetsBlog.com: The Jets' contingency plan in case Antonio Cromartie can't play makes sense. As Marcus Williams states using Buster Skrine on the outside in base and in the slot for sub-packages is how the team has been preparing. It's also the exact role Skrine had last season, so should be something he's comfortable with.
Back in 2012, when Cromartie was the Jets' number one cornerback, the Colts game was where a similar contigency plan started to come together just two days after Darrelle Revis was placed on injured reserve. Cromartie did a great job on Reggie Wayne with Kyle Wilson starting on the other side and reverting to the slot in nickel packages. Reserve Ellis Lankster entered in the nickel to play outside and had an interception and a pass defensed in a career-high 49 snaps. Each of the three ended up having arguably the best season of their career, with Wilson playing almost 1,000 snaps.
It's a little troubling that Darrin Walls is also injured, although his status for Monday night has not yet been confirmed. If he can't play, Dexter McDougle - who had an inconsistent preseason - would be the fourth cornerback. One other option would be to employ Marcus Gilchrist as a cornerback, but that would necessitate Calvin Pryor and Jaiquawn Jarrett playing at safety all the time. At least they have options though. Who knows? Maybe Walls or Cromartie will be available after all.