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Cromartie keeps mixing it up at practice


Publicly, football coaches don’t like it when their players get too physical at practice.  Privately, they love it.

Under that standard, Jets coach Rex Ryan loves cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

Cromartie, the No. 1 corner post-Revis, continues to mix it up at practice.  Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Cromartie applied a high hit to receiver Stephen Hill during practice on Wednesday.  (It possibly was helmet-to-helmet, possibly forearm-to-helmet.)

Hill was on the ground grabbing his head, but he then got up.  Center Nick Mangold confronted Cromartie after the play.

Said Cromartie in response:  “Don’t cry!  Play ball!”

It’s the third time this year Cromartie has caused some consternation at practice.  Last month, Cromartie sparked a mini-fracas with receiver Vidal Hazelton during one-on-one drills.  During offseason workouts, Cromartie ended up jawing with receiver Santonio Holmes after Cromartie got too physical (in Holmes’ assessment) with quarterback Mark Sanchez.

At a time when the Jets could be a team that gets pushed around this year, it’s good that Cromartie is willing to push back.  And it’s good that he is prompting teammates to push back, too.

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28 Responses to “Cromartie keeps mixing it up at practice”
  1. ccjcsr says: Aug 21, 2013 1:21 PM

    He needs that paycheck to feed them kids, better stop hitting high!

  2. whatnojets says: Aug 21, 2013 1:22 PM

    There is only one reason for this.
    He must be suffering from low testosterone levels.

  3. agelardi says: Aug 21, 2013 1:28 PM

    Good job Cro, keep beating up your teammates.

  4. harry1941 says: Aug 21, 2013 1:31 PM

    That’s the way the Jet defense chould be , mean and nasty.Hey Antonio, get out there and pick a 6 off Eli this Saturday.

    Jets 21 Giants 10

  5. blue18hutthutt says: Aug 21, 2013 1:32 PM

    One of the few bright spots on that team

    Who’d ever thought the day would come when Cromartie would be considered a leader

  6. arrackis says: Aug 21, 2013 1:32 PM

    Now do the same with the Tampa bay WR s.

  7. jetslakersfan says: Aug 21, 2013 1:33 PM

    Don’t let up Cro show them this is a man game.

  8. jamkarat says: Aug 21, 2013 1:33 PM

    “Pushing back” Cromartie style is more likely to result in excessive penalties than winning games,
    especially considering NFL rules currently favor the receiver.
    In addition, injuring your own teammates in scrimmage is ridiculously short sighted, arrogant and childish. Oh wait that perfectly describes Cromartie and Ryan.

  9. bodhisattva says: Aug 21, 2013 1:35 PM

    Yeah he’s a tough guy. We all remember that playoff game, ironically against the Jets and the last thing on his mind was making a hit…

  10. buckyhamm says: Aug 21, 2013 1:38 PM

    Wait did the article say Cro actually hit someone? That’s not the Cro I know.

    SD Fan

  11. wrdtoyrmama says: Aug 21, 2013 1:39 PM

    This is pretty simple.

    With Bart Scott gone, Cromartie, a veteran, and being one of the Defense’s best players, is trying to step up by being more physical and vocal on the practice field.

    If you’ve ever played above a rec level, a guy like this, doing something like that, adds an extra level of intensity to a practice, something that the Jets could also use.

    Folks here are kind of funny.
    Half of you cry about how the game is becoming too soft, then the other half of you whine when something like this happens.

    So which way are we going tomorrow?

  12. floratiotime says: Aug 21, 2013 1:39 PM

    They know the most important game of the season is next Saturday … Jets’ Superbowl.

  13. hehateme2 says: Aug 21, 2013 1:39 PM

    The jets WILL get pushed around this season… a lot! 4-12

  14. ingraven says: Aug 21, 2013 1:44 PM

    They NEED this.

  15. jbl429 says: Aug 21, 2013 1:49 PM

    Interesting to see he hits in practice, considering he shies away from contact in real games.

  16. baron2817 says: Aug 21, 2013 1:50 PM

    Talk about a practice hero. This is the same guy that held onto his blocker so he wouldn’t get bowled over by Tebow a few years ago

  17. @HowdyDoobie says: Aug 21, 2013 1:52 PM

    I have a feeling that Rex Ryan is behind all of the pushing and shoving. Like they did with Gholston.

  18. dalcow4 says: Aug 21, 2013 2:00 PM

    Ah, what Charger fan can forget all those physical, hard-hitting games Cro had in SD?

    Wait– were there ANY?

  19. heisthejuan says: Aug 21, 2013 2:06 PM

    Too bad he is a complete pansy about mixing it up in games.

  20. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Aug 21, 2013 2:17 PM

    Did that guy seriously just post a prediction score for a meaningless preseason game????

    Jets-Who cares
    Giants-Doesn’t matter

    There’s no real winner or loser in preseason. Remember that chirpy ass Seahawk fans. Lions went 4-0 in preseason just to go 0-16 in the regular season.

  21. beecee71 says: Aug 21, 2013 2:27 PM

    It truly takes 10x the effort to break a reputation than to make one. Those of you calling out Cromartie for not being a tackler haven’t seen him the past two years. He made some sticks last year we were all shocked from. Yes, he has become a leader and is no longer the player you knew from San Diego.

  22. floridafootballologist says: Aug 21, 2013 2:35 PM

    jbl429 says:
    Aug 21, 2013 1:49 PM

    Interesting to see he hits in practice, considering he shies away from contact in real games.
    Maybe he’s like an internet tough guy. All big talk and brashness when he knows he won’t get hit back, and in real life a pansy when he WILL get hit back.

  23. vicnocal says: Aug 21, 2013 3:10 PM

    “Don’t cry! Play ball!”

    Hilarious. That’s gonna be my catch phrase for this year.

  24. lrjets says: Aug 21, 2013 3:12 PM

    hehateme2 says:Aug 21, 2013 1:39 PM

    The jets WILL get pushed around this season… a lot! 4-12

    You just worry about pouring the Gatorade!!

  25. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 21, 2013 3:17 PM

    No. You’re wrong. It isn’t a good thing that he’s being a total jagoff to his teammates and making them hate him. Not sure how you could possibly view that as a positive thing.

  26. mack2x says: Aug 21, 2013 3:49 PM

    must be one of those bad ass practice players, cause I haven’t seen him do much when playing other teams.

  27. dblegend says: Aug 21, 2013 4:14 PM

    Wow!! Cromartie is so tough (sarcasm), this is the same Cromartie that HELD on to Eric Decker when Tebow was scoring the winning touchdown on Thursday night football back in 2011.

  28. lrjets says: Aug 21, 2013 9:55 PM

    I wish the trolls in order to post would have to name their team.

    Figure that would reduce the posts 90-95%.

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