Everybody knows that Cromartie is talented, but when Darrelle Revis went down, we also knew that we were at a crossroads with him. Antonio Cromartie is one of, if not the best athlete on the New York Jets, but he is feast or famine. We all have seen the “good Cro” and “bad Cro”. Antonio is Revis-like when “Good Cro” is here, very much the opposite when “Bad Cro” is with us. Well, when Darrelle went down, Antonio stepped it up big time. Yes, he has had some penalties, born basically out of being aggressive. But he has not had any of his lapses in concentration, and for the most part, shown himself to be the shutdown corner the Jets have needed with Darrelle got hurt. His finest hour may have been in the Texans game, where even though the Jets lost, Andre Johnson was a non-factor. Clearly there have been some Darrelle techniques that have rubbed off on Cro, to our distinct benefit.
Tannenbaum made no obvious move to address the right tackle position, so we all moaned and groaned as we went into the preseaon with the great Wayne Hunter still in his position. But, after a 4 sack allowed performance by Hunter in the preseason game against the Giant, we all got our wish as he was shipped off to St. Louis. What were we to do about right tackle? Out of the wood work come Austin Howard. Nobody had heard of this guy, nobody except our good buddy Jake Steinberg from the Jets Blog of course. Has he been perfect? Of course not. But that is to be expected, one because he is young, and two because teams are going to put their best pass rusher against the young lineman. However, Howard has been solid, and Mark Sanchez has not been in a consistent line of fire, thanks to Howard. The Jets seemed to have found a right tackle.
Here is a guy that it took an injury for us to see, but we are glad that we finally did. Despite showing a lot of promise during the preseason, we didn’t see much of Demario in the early going, thanks to Rex’s loyalty to guys like Bart Scott and Calvin Pace. However, between the slow Jets defense and Bart Scott’s toe injury, Demario Davis has started the last two games. Davis has performed well, combining for 13 tackles in the two games. This should lead to more play for Demario, which will only be a good thing. Especially when you see how slow the Jets defense has been for most of the 2012 season.
There have been other positives as well, such as the new safety duo of Bell and Landry, and the improved play from Clyde Gates of late. But the five I have outlined are the biggest, and the ones that should give Jets fans the most hope as we move forward.