Antonio Cromartie credits Tony Sparano for letting him play offense

AP

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie practiced at wide receiver for the first time this morning, and he credited offensive coordinator Tony Sparano for making it happen.

The begging has paid off,” Cromartie told the New York Daily News. “Three years straight of begging, trying to get offense. I can finally get my chance.”

When asked why he was allowed to play receiver this year in Sparano’s system after getting shot down when Brian Schottenheimer was running the offense, Cromartie said, “We have a different coordinator.”

Cromartie didn’t repeat his claim that he’s the second-best receiver on the team, but he did say he thinks he’s good at it.

“It felt good. It’s just part of learning the steps. I think I felt pretty good today, catching the ball also,” Cromartie said. “I think it’s just trying to get more reps.”

The next step will be getting reps at receiver in the preseason, and if that goes well, Cromartie may be a two-way player when the regular season starts.