Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Cromartie gets snaps at wide receiver
By Mike Mazzeo
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Antonio Cromartie only had one catch Monday night -- and it came on defense.
Cromartie was targeted twice as a wide receiver in the Jets’ 23-17 loss to the Texans, but was unable to come up with a reception.
His best chance came early in the second quarter, when he got behind the defense and was streaking down the right sideline. Mark Sanchez threw a deep ball, but it was too far right, and by the time Cromartie hauled it in he was out of bounds.
“Yeah, he had a chance,” Sanchez said. “I tried to give him a chance at the ball. He was open.”
Could Sanchez have thrown the pass more inside to Cromartie? “I guess. Maybe a hair more inside,” Sanchez said.
Cromartie saw some snaps at wide receiver because the Jets are currently very thin at the position due to injuries. “There was nothing said to me,” Cromartie said. “It was just, whenever they need me to play.”
On a positive note, Cromartie did record an interception -- his team-leading second of the season -- and held Houston’s No. 1 wideout, Andre Johnson, to just one reception for 15 yards.
“I think we were in Cover 1 or something like that. I played inside leverage and (Matt Schaub) threw the ball (intended for Johnson), so I just wanted to try and make a play on the ball,” Cromartie said of his pick. “The front seven got a little pressure on him and made him throw it quicker than he wanted to.”
Cromartie said he’s comfortable being the top corner on the team.
“When Darrelle (Revis) was here it was never like I was the No. 2 corner,” he said. “We all just treated ourselves as No. 1s. We just want to continue to play good and play hard when we need to.”