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New York Jets’ Defensive Backs Face Another Challenge in Week 13

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The big play has been a problem for the New York Jets‘ corners and safeties this year. Every week, it seems they are gashed for big plays. Antonio Cromartie may not be healthy, but he looks slow anyway. Quick receivers gave him issue last season as well. Ed Reed looks old and his signing has not worked out. Antonio Allen shows some encouraging signs, but it remains to be seen whether he can be a reliable starting option.

Week 13 offers stiff competition in electrifying competition. Jacoby Ford provides explosiveness to his receiving corps. If Cromartie covers him, then there could be big plays to be found. Kyle Wilson should draw this assignment because he is faster. Dee Milliner has been benched several times during his rookie season. Head Coach Rex Ryan recently graded his rookie class with an “A+”, and I just don’t see it with Milliner.

Yes, injuries hurt, but too many blown overages have taken place. While the Oakland Raiders has struggled for over a decade, their roster has pass catchers who can make big plays. New York will benefit however, if Denarius Moore can’t perform on Sunday. Undrafted free agent quarterback Matt McGloin has demonstrated enough arm strength and decent decision-making.

It will be up to Gang Green’s vaunted front seven to pressure him and prevent big gains through the air. Ryan’s defensive prowess must be on display while his players put on a much-improved showing. The wind has taken some passes over their heads recently, but that is not an excuse. Schemes and individuals are responsible for their opponents.

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.