With cornerback Darrelle Revis still in concussion protocol and fellow defensive back Marcus Williams week-to-week with a sprained MCL, the Jets' secondary will have to figure out exactly how to cover Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Playing in just his second pro season, Beckham has torched opponents again, ranking fourth in receiving yards (1,005) and in a tie for second in receiving touchdowns (nine). He has four consecutive 100-yard games, including last week, when he hauled in a highlight-reel, diving, one-handed touchdown against the Redskins.
"I still feel like there's still so much room for him to grow," said Antonio Cromartie, who earlier this year called Beckham a "one-year wonder" (Oct. 15). "He's a young, athletic guy that can go out and make plays, and make unbelievable catches. He's proven that over and over."
Jets head coach Todd Bowles was noncommital when talking about Revis' status for Sunday -- "We'll see how much progress he makes toward the end of the week," he said.
Revis shadowed Beckham when the two teams met in the preseason, and Beckham made a one-handed catch over Revis, though landed out of bounds.
"I don't know much about their scheme, but I think there's a chance Revis could follow Odell around the field and be matched up with him," Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. "We'll have to see what routes we want to run him, and where we'll put him in a good position to win some one-on-one matchups. We'll see what their game plan is, and see how it plays out."
If Revis is unable to go, Bowles didn't say who would cover Beckham. The Jets could use a combination of Cromartie, Buster Skrine, Darrin Walls, Dexter McDougle or Dee Milliner.
Cromartie said on Monday he hasn't watched Beckham "at all" this season, but planned to start studying Beckham that night.
"I don't know anything that's going on with him," Cromartie said Monday afternoon. "I don't know stats, nothing. I won't know anything until tonight when I start studying things."
After the preseason game, Beckham said he appreciates each opportunity to go up against a top cornerback, naming Joe Haden and Richard Sherman, as well as Revis.
"All those corners who are known for being the best," Beckham said in August, "that's what you play for -- to be able to go against them. ... So it was definitely a lot of fun, and much respect to [Revis]."