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Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie not worried, looks forward to regular season

New York Jets defensive back Antonio Cromartie practices

New York Jets defensive back Antonio Cromartie practices during training camp at the team's training facility in Florham Park, N.J. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Photo Credit: Andrew Theodorakis

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Footballs should be flying in Antonio Cromartie's direction this season. It just stands to reason because Darrelle Revis should have his island laid out to strand receivers, so quarterbacks likely will look toward the other cornerback.

But the other cornerback's coverage hasn't always been great so far this preseason for the Jets.

Concerned? Cromartie isn't.

"It's practice," Cromartie said Wednesday. "You work on certain things and try to work on your weaknesses and go from there. I'm not really worried about anything that's going on right now. I'm looking forward to when the lights turn on and you go play football from there."

After a year with Todd Bowles as his coordinator in Arizona, the Jets brought Cromartie back for a sequel on a four-year, $32 million deal, although only $7 million is guaranteed, and that's this season's pay. Cromartie, who's 31, wears No. 31 and has 31 career interceptions, concedes he's a bit of a slow starter and accepts the theory he gets better as the preseason goes along.

Bowles, now his head coach, won't concede that it has been a struggle to date.

"I think he has some technical errors here and there," Bowles said Sunday. "He's made some good plays. He's given up some plays. He's just got to hone in on his technique. He'll be fine."

The rest of the defense needs to do some honing, too. Not much went right in the 23-3 preseason loss at Detroit last week. The Jets yielded 428 yards and tackled poorly at times. The defense will try to improve in a lot of areas against the Falcons Friday night at MetLife Stadium.

"Everything, from the communication that's going, tackling, us rallying to the football, stopping the pass, stopping the run . . . not giving up touchdowns on the first drive,' Cromartie said. "We had a couple of good days of practice coming into it. Communication is being developed."

There's less practice time now to work on things because the two-a-day workouts are history. Cromartie sounded like he yearns for olden days.

"This is really not even training camp," Cromartie said. "I don't know what this is. I'm used to having two-a-days."

Cromartie thinks these preseason games against the Lions, Falcons, Giants and Eagles are good preparation.

"It's a great preseason test just from the standpoint it's a passing league now," Cromartie said. "So you know a lot of people are going to be passing."


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