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Antonio Cromartie credits Tony Sparano for letting him play offense


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.

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29 Responses to “Antonio Cromartie credits Tony Sparano for letting him play offense”
  1. crustylovelips says: Aug 13, 2012 12:56 PM

    Doesn’t matter who plays receiver.. nobody can get them the ball. The Jets QBs suck.

  2. locuno1 says: Aug 13, 2012 1:04 PM

    not like it matters sanchez or tebow won’t be able to get him the ball.

  3. realnflmaster says: Aug 13, 2012 1:06 PM

    Seems like a good idea. Has good hands. Has receiver height. Is incredibly fast. Doesn’t like tackling.

    Why not?

  4. iamtheleastmachiavellian says: Aug 13, 2012 1:12 PM

    all this, just so he doesn’t have to tackle.

  5. hrmlss says: Aug 13, 2012 1:13 PM

    Does he play Quarterback is the big question.

  6. ThatGuy says: Aug 13, 2012 1:14 PM

    In a way, it makes a lot of sense. Both Sanchez and Tebow are far more comfortable completing passes to DBs than WRs…


  7. dmartin17 says: Aug 13, 2012 1:15 PM

    Cromartie will do ANYTHING to get out of tackling drills huh?

  8. scoops1 says: Aug 13, 2012 1:17 PM

    Cro is great at catching ground balls

  9. conseannery says: Aug 13, 2012 1:25 PM

    For the past four seasons, Dolphins fans had been begging Sparano to let the offense play offense.

  10. nebster21 says: Aug 13, 2012 1:43 PM

    So if a big bad Linebacker comes running at him is he going to turn around and run away like when big running back run his way?

  11. sumoson says: Aug 13, 2012 1:44 PM

    Cruz burned him for 99 yds last yr and he still cant tackle but dont worry about that , Focus on him practicing offense rather then defense , What a joke . AND YES IM A JETS FAN

  12. charleslouis99 says: Aug 13, 2012 1:51 PM

    the new York jets are turning into a joke if they already arent, if this was high school I could understand but seriously make the Guy specialize in one position so he’s not completely gassed and thus get the most use out of him

  13. blackfoot11 says: Aug 13, 2012 1:56 PM

    The Jets missed the mark on hiring Sparano as OC. They needed an OC that was adept at tutoring QBs, b/c Sanchez has never had a good QB coach, and having Brunell as a veteran back-up to mentor him, failed. Instead, they strapped his confidence with C-4 and brought in Tebow. The Jets FO have created a fine situation for themselves.

  14. jpb12 says: Aug 13, 2012 2:01 PM

    So it seems certain that his next kid will be named Tony

  15. 2dollarpbrs says: Aug 13, 2012 2:04 PM

    How can Cromartie remember the plays if he can’t even remember his own kid’s names?????

  16. purpleguy says: Aug 13, 2012 2:17 PM

    Tebow, wildcat, Cromartie playing offense — is there some sort of quota on lame as hell JETS articles as opposed to say, an article about regular fundamental JETS football stuff? Then again, maybe there isn’t any regular JETS football stuff going on.

  17. zinn22 says: Aug 13, 2012 2:27 PM

    The article is incorrect Cro has already worked one play at WR a few weeks ago.

  18. icanspeel says: Aug 13, 2012 2:30 PM

    So now we know who takes the blame if it doesn’t work out. Nice to know begging can allow a player to do what they want.

  19. ezwriter69 says: Aug 13, 2012 2:33 PM

    Can’t cover, won’t and can’t tackle, not nearly bright enough to play safety; with what they’re paying him, I’d try him on offense too.

  20. chazzmon says: Aug 13, 2012 2:54 PM

    Not sure why the Jets haven’t brought in some WR’s, it seems like it’s only Holmes right now. Why haven’t they taken a look at Plax? What are they doing? They’re looking like a 5 win team right now.

  21. malvord13 says: Aug 13, 2012 3:07 PM

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, once he can play defense (half decent) then let him play offense

  22. lrjets says: Aug 13, 2012 3:23 PM

    Any Jets blog has the haters in a frothy drool because the Jets are in their head. Always.

    Guess which team will be on national TV for the second straight week? No doubt you bandwagoners will be watching it also.
    No matter the reason, you’ll be watching.

  23. cuda1234 says: Aug 13, 2012 3:30 PM

    He does know he’ll have to block for Timmy, right?

  24. bspurloc says: Aug 13, 2012 4:48 PM

    he was jealous of Eddleman

  25. finsfrontofficeisajoke says: Aug 13, 2012 5:16 PM

    lrjets says: Aug 13, 2012 3:23 PM

    Any Jets blog has the haters in a frothy drool because the Jets are in their head. Always.

    Guess which team will be on national TV for the second straight week? No doubt you bandwagoners will be watching it also.
    No matter the reason, you’ll be watching.

    Everybody loves a train wreck! See: Dolphins on Hard Knocks.

  26. tigerphins says: Aug 13, 2012 5:27 PM

    This is fitting considering Sparano likes to use everyone but his actual receivers.

    Jest receivers have a better chance of making contact with the ball if they try out for punter or kicker.

  27. insanelomein2 says: Aug 13, 2012 5:57 PM

    Cromartie’s shining achievement was returning a missed field goal 108yds for a TD.

    It’s sad when a starting CB is most notable for a botched special teams play.

  28. cmdrsmooth says: Aug 13, 2012 6:35 PM

    Cromartie is over rated as a corner back. He should stick to CB and perfect his game a la Revis.

  29. mrcogburn says: Aug 13, 2012 8:04 PM

    Cromartie kicks field goals?

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