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Cromartie says he's the Jets' second-best WR

New York Jets safety corner back Antonio Cromartie

New York Jets safety corner back Antonio Cromartie (31) shares a laugh with other members of the defense during practice at the Atlantic Health Training Facility. (June 7, 2012) Credit: Joe Epstein

CORTLAND – Antonio Cromartie has gotten just one rep at wide receiver this week, but the Jets cornerback already thinks he’s a better offensive option than Chaz Schilens, Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley.

“I think I’d put myself as second,” Cromartie said Tuesday during an interview on ESPN's "First Take." “I haven’t really played it in the past four or five years, but I can put myself as the second just with raw ability and talent going out there, I think, me separating and being a more physical guy out there on the outside.”

The Jets have openly said they’ve considered using the cornerback as a receiver and Cromartie ran a route during Monday’s training camp practice. Discussing the possibility of using the defensive back on offense, coordinator Tony Sparano said “You don’t ever want to be held prisoner to the system. If you have a player like Cromartie and he can do other things, then you would use him. You should use all of your weapons.”

Cromartie also gave his assessment of some of the Jets wideouts during his ESPN interview. Kerley is a “slot guy,” while rookie Hill is “a younger guy that can get down the field,” he said.

The cornerback also claimed he can run “every single route on the route tree.

“I’m not going to take anything away from my ability,” he continued. “So when you ask me that question, I’m going to say, yes, I believe I’m one of the best receivers on the football team, next to Santonio Holmes.” 

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