- Kerley continuing to come to terms with uncertain future [NJAM]
- Wilkerson focused on his performance, not his contract [ESPN New York]
- Cromartie doesn't want to rush back and potentially hurt the Jets [AP]
- Jets move up in the power rankings [Jets Official Site]
- Jets can still run the ball a lot under Gailey [Metro]
Bent, theJetsBlog.com: It's good to hear that - on the record, at least - Antonio Cromartie isn't campaigning to get back in the line-up before he's 100%. Even the most ardent Cromartie fan would concede he's probably lost half a step over the past few seasons. If and when Cromartie returns to the line-up, any additional physical limitations could further increase the risk of him giving up big plays, like the one he gave up on Sunday before getting hurt.
Cromartie was playing with a hip injury in 2013 and struggled all year, especially when forced to change direction quickly. While he rebounded in 2014 and ultimately went to the pro bowl, he again had to deal with some injuries down the stretch and played poorly over the second half of the season. In fact, his coverage numbers were considerably worse than Jets starters Darrin Walls and Marcus Williams over that stretch.
When the Jets signed Cromartie to a big money deal in the offseason, I was initially troubled by the move because I felt they were risking spending a lot of money on a unit that already had sufficient depth and wouldn't be upgraded much. However, the benefits of having one too many corners have been highlighted this offseason with the injuries to Cromartie and Dee Milliner. Now that the money is spent, the best case scenario is that Cromartie can emulate his success from a few years ago while Darrelle Revis takes all the toughest assignments. If he needs to take a little while to get back into the kind of physical shape that will make this possible, the Jets hopefully have the luxury of being able to cope without him for a while.