Antonio Cromartie knows he did not play well in 2013
By all accounts, the 2013 season was ugly for Antonio Cromartie. He was quite different from the guy who filled in for Darelle Revis in 2012, and filled in well.
In 2013 his production took a big step back. People thought it was his age becoming a factor at first, but quickly realized it was his hip that had been bugging him. Even Antonio Cromartie knows he played below his and everyones expectations, as he recently stated in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio:
“I think I was very mediocre last year with the Jets but was playing hurt a good portion of the year.”
If Cromartie can return to health, fans can expect a formidable duo of Patrick Peterson and Cromartie. Peterson, who has been the talk of the offseason during his and Richard Shermans battle of who’s the best, is already a top five corner. Cromartie can very well be a top 10 corner, as his 2012 season and his years with the San Diego Chargers showed. They will help field a secondary that consists of 2012 rookie sensation Tyrann Mathieu, undrafted safety Tony Jefferson, and 2013 first round selection Deone Bucannon. On paper they boast of the most athletic secondaries. If Cromartie returns to health, they could possibly rival the secondary of division rivals, Seattle Seahawks.
The injury looks to be a thing of the past, evidenced by Cromarties video showing him run a 4.63 40, but until the pads come on and the lights are beaming on the field, it’s all unofficial.
Phoenix Sports Kings Contributor Alex Mann @mannrotb