New York Jets: The Return of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie
Jets fans are partying like it’s 2010 right now. Their heroes are back in town. First, the Jets delivered that tourist trap known as “Revis Island” back to Gotham. Future Hall of Fame cornerback Darrelle Revis is back in town. Then, the man who never wanted to leave, and couldn’t stop talking about New York, was brought home as well. Antonio Cromartie is back in the Green and White. “Batman and Robin” are back together. Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie are back to blanket wide receivers together again.
You guys know that I wasn’t completely on board with bringing Darrelle Revis back home, but loved the Antonio Cromartie reunion from moment number one. The Revis drama was too much for me, but Antonio Cromartie wanted to be back with the New York Jets. But, the idea of bringing them back TOGETHER elevates the move to the next level.
Bringing Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie home TOGETHER is a great move, and I love having them both together.
Look at how they performed together at the peak of their effectiveness, 2010. That year, Darrelle Revis allowed completions on a mere 38.6% of the passes thrown his way, Antonio Cromartie allowed a 44.1% completion percentage. When these two guys played together, completions were few and far between against the Jets on the outside.
The team as a whole only allowed just over 50% completion percentage. Antonio Cromartie intercepted three passes that year. The Jets only intercepted six passes as a team last year. These two guys together can cover, and make big plays.
Don’t minimize the importance of the fact that they have spent time together on the same football field here with the Jets. Playing in a defensive backfield is all about timing. Each piece of the puzzle has to know where the others are going to be and when. Not understanding the timing in the secondary causes big plays and touchdowns. Each member of the secondary has to know where the others are going to be. Cromartie and Revis understand how to play together, which makes the learning curve a lot easier to work through.
And don’t forget the effect that Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis will have on the entire roster at practice every day. First think about the wide receivers. They get to run routes against these two players every single day. Having to get open in practice against two of the best cover corners in the league will only make them better. The Jets receivers will have the potential to jump to even greater heights, thanks to Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie.
The Jets also have very young cornerbacks as well, Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle to name a couple. Cromartie has worked with Milliner before, back in 2013. Dee Milliner will only gain from the ability to watch how Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie work. The same goes for Dexter McDougle and the other young cornerbacks on the roster. The Jets improve now, and will be set to improve in the future as well thanks to these two guys.
Bringing Darrelle Revis together with Antonio Cromartie back home is a great decision. It helps now, and in the future. I leave you with a video, highlighting Revis and Cro, with a little bit of Buster Skrine as well.
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