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Antonio Cromartie sticking to defense

Antonio Cromartie looks on during a game against

Antonio Cromartie looks on during a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Sept. 9, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Jets’ self-anointed “second-best wide receiver” has decided to focus on being their second-best cornerback behind Darrelle Revis. In his first session with the media in a while, Cromartie smiled when a reporter brought up his training-camp boast and asked if he still entertains thoughts of playing both ways.

“None at all,” Cromartie said. “We have guys healthy, and guys are doing very well. There hasn’t been any discussion…When guys are stepping up, there’s no reason for me to step on the other side of the field. If any injury comes up, then, something may come up. I’m enjoying focusing on my job at cornerback, and I’m letting them do their thing and have fun at it.”

Cromartie’s sense of humor momentarily left him when he was asked about the 37-yard touchdown catch he gave up to Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace last week on a third-and-16 play. Coach Rex Ryan said he had perfect coverage but simply misjudged the ball.

“That’s old,” Cromartie said. “I’m on Miami week right now.”

With Revis sidelined by a concussion last week, Cromartie had the key role in the secondary. But Revis was cleared for contact Thursday and seems likely to start Sunday in Miami.

“It will be great to have a guy back that’s a leader on the back end,” Cromartie said. “We just want to make sure he’s healthy and play our game, be physical on the outside with the receivers.”

Asked about the 55 points the Jets have given up, Cromartie said that figure is skewed because Buffalo scored three late TDs after falling behind, 41-7, in the opener. “Junk points,” Cromartie called them.

He said the key in Miami is to be ready to keep pace with the Dolphins’ no-huddle offense in the heat. The Jets will try to confuse rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill with a variety of looks, but Cromartie is impressed with the athleticism of Tannehill, who is a former wide receiver.

“The best thing they did with him last week was get him outside of the pocket to let him have a run or pass read,” Cromartie said of Tannehill’s performance in a 35-13 win over Oakland. “When you watch film, that’s something you want to pick up on because he’s a very athletic quarterback.”
 

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