Posted by Josh Katzowitz
There’s been plenty of talk during the past day or so about how the Jets will match up CBs Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie on Green Bay’s WR corps. Considering Revis says he’s 100 percent healthy now, he’s set to be that quote-unquote No. 1 receiver.
Except that Antonio Cromartie has performed quite well in Revis’ absence and maybe isn’t willing to give up that cherished role (let’s face it, he will, because Revis is one of the top-two CBs in the game, but he wouldn’t necessarily have to, because he’s played so well).
Look at this list drawn up by the Newark Star-Ledger of the top receivers Cromartie has shut down while Revis has dealt with his hamstring injury.
Since Cromartie has been in that No. 1 role, he’s covered New England’s Randy Moss (after Revis had to leave the game at halftime because of his hamstring), Miami’s Brandon Marshall, Buffalo’s Lee Evans, Moss again (with the Vikings) and Denver’s Brandon Lloyd.
With Cromartie matched up against that WR quartet, the Jets CB has been pretty close to outstanding. The WRs are being targeted an average of 2.2 times per quarter for 1.4 catches and 18 yards. If you throw out the first time he met with Moss – simply to round off the statistics a little better – the opponent’s No. 1 WR is targeted nine times per game with 3.5 catches for 63.5 yards with only one touchdown in those four contests.
Aside from Marshall (eight catches, 148 yards), Cromartie has just about shut down the competition.
So, what will New York do now?
“We can do whatever we want,” coach Rex Ryan said. “We can play right and left. We can match Darrelle on the top guy. We can match Cromartie on the top guy. We’ll let (the Packers) try to figure it out.”
Except that there's no mystery in saying this: Cromartie has proven now he's now legimately a No. 1 guy too.
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