New York Jets: CB Antonio Cromartie Draws Tough Assignment Week 8

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Former New York Jets player Darrelle Revis made his reputation by consistently shutting down an opponent’s No. 1 wide out. He has taken out Randy Moss during his prime, among many other difference makers. Of course, this made life much easier for head coach Rex Ryan to make defensive preparations. Now he is gone, which left onus on other corners to perform. Dee Milliner’s ninth overall selection brings much expectation. There becomes responsibility from veteran defensive back Antonio Cromartie as a leader in the secondary. When called upon last season when Revis went down, Cromartie performed very well.

This type of play has not carried over to 2013, however, as quick receivers get separation; several big gains and touchdowns have been the result. Other years have seen Cromarite struggle in such an area, but he had been able to compensate with a wide reach. Now, Gang Green’s supposed No. 1 defensive back seems vulnerable.

His presumed draw presents a lot of issues in Week 8. Cincinnati Bengals wide out AJ Green is recognized as a budding NFL Superstar. He has a ridiculous combination of size and speed that makes him hard to cover. Green also shares a connection with quarterback Andy Dalton, as the “Red Riffle” often looks his way under pressure. Most likely, these two will go one on one a lot on Sunday. I give the second-year receiver an edge. Therefore, head coach and defensive guru Ryan must make additional plans. Milliner and Kyle Wilson could help greatly in double teams, or perhaps a change up may prove to be wise.

Nick Mamary is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @NickMamary1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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