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NFL Top 100 Players 2013: New York Jets CB Antonio Cromartie at No. 88

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A couple of years ago, the New York Jets were known for having one of the best defenses in the NFL, but they’ve been on the decline over the last two years and it will certainly be interesting to see how well they perform in 2013 with all of the changes made this offseason–especially with shipping Darrelle Revis off to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With Revis out of the picture, the Jets will rely even more on cornerback Antonio Cromartie to carry the defense next season–which he’s certainly capable of.

There was a reason why New York was willing to acquire Cromartie from the San Diego Chargers prior to the 2010 season as he’s recorded 10 interceptions over his first three seasons with the Jets. In fact, Cromartie has been considered one of the top cornerbacks in the league throughout his career–so it will be interesting to see what he does next year without Revis.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Jets’ defense struggled a bit considering there was a time when Revis and Cromartie gave the team one of the league’s top duos at cornerback, but that doesn’t mean they still can’t be effective. Cromartie has played a key role to this team’s success over the last three seasons and there’s no reason why that shouldn’t be the case once again during the 2013 season.

There’s a ton of pressure for this team heading into next season–including Rex Ryan–and whether or not this team competes in the AFC East may come down to the defense–especially Cromartie.

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