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Friday, March 5, 2010
Cromartie's replacement is focused

By Bill Williamson

Antoine Cason is not focused on the big-picture implications of Antonio Cromartie's trade from the Chargers to the New York Jets.

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Cason, the Chargers’ 2008 first-round pick, is just focused on getting better.

“The trade was out of my control and it was none of my business,” Cason said Friday. “My focus has to be myself and improving.”

In reality, though, the trade affects Cason greatly. With Cromartie out of San Diego -- he was dealt to the Jets on Thursday night for a 2011 third-round pick that could become a second-round pick based on Cromartie's playing time – Cason is now set to start at cornerback opposite Quentin Jammer.

One of the reasons why San Diego was willing to trade Cromartie was because it feels Cason is ready to take on the full-time starting role.

Cason lost his nickel job to safety Steve Gregory in October. But he ended the season strong, playing a lot of cornerback. Cason has shown he is prone to making big plays and he is a ball hawk.

“I learned during the season that I wasn’t working hard enough. I thought I was,” Cason said. “It was a great learning experience … I’m completely prepared for this opportunity. I’m very confident in my abilities.”

He needs to be because Cason is now a starting NFL cornerback.