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Antonio Cromartie may play receiver, too

Antonio Cromartie intercepts the ball during a preseason

Antonio Cromartie intercepts the ball during a preseason game. (Aug. 27, 2010) Credit: David Pokress

Cortland, N.Y. – Rex Ryan dropped a nugget in his press conference yesterday about having Antonio Cromartie play a little receiver this season. That’s good by Cromartie, who also lined up a handful of times last year at receiver.

“We talked about it, and we’ll see where it goes from there,” Cromartie said after practice this morning. “Just try to get me a couple of plays here and there and run the plays before the season and see how it goes.”

Don’t expect Cromartie to replace Santonio Holmes or rookie Stephen Hill, who has looked solid in the off-season and the first two days of camp. But look for him to line up at receiver, if for no other reason than to give opposing defensive coordinators something else to think about.

“Anything to give opponents something to think about and prepare for is an advantage for us,” Cromartie said.

Cromartie said there were plans to play him at wide receiver at Florida State, but those plans fell through when he tore his ACL before his junior season. Cromartie turned pro the following year, and was a first-round pick of the Chargers. 

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