This next play is a positive one.
It showed us three things:
- Antonio Cromartie can take on one of the leagues best, and a physical #1 receiver in Andre Johnson.
- The Jets defensive backfield is capable of creating turnovers, even without Darrelle Revis.
- Rex didn’t lose his touch, and can still cause headaches for opposing QB’s.
Matt Schaub has a very clean pocket, which is rather concerning, because the Jets need to get a pass-rush going. But Cromartie is able to run step-for-step with Andre Johnson.
With a post-route like this one, undercutting the WR is an aggressive move. If Johnson turns to the outside on a corner route, and Cro goes inside to pick the post, it could be costly for the Jets… but Cromartie made a great play on the ball.
The yellow dotted line represents the ball and its path. If you look at the red circle above, you can see that Cromartie undercuts Johnson at about the 45 yard-line… a great play by Cro.
From the endzone angle, you can tell that Cromartie just cuts in front of Andre Johnson at the last second. Cromartie had an excellent break on the route and undercut it beautifully.
I know it’s easy to get pumped when dissecting the “Good Cro” because the “Bad Cro” is inevitable… but it’s difficult to argue against his skill-set.
At 6 foot 2, Cro has the tools to take on a #1 receiver, and the speed to take it to the house on any given touch.
Call me crazy… but I think Cromartie is one of, if not the best CB’s in the NFL. I believe he is up there with Champ Bailey, Patrick Peterson, and others.
I guess we’ll have to let the season unfold, so we can analyze his play over a longer period of time. That will truly test the “Good Cro” and his consistency.
That’s going to be all for this week’s defensive film breakdown.
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