by Jason Butt
June 20, 02014
Antonio Cromartie might be alone in his most recent declaration.
Appearing on the NFL Network, the Arizona Cardinals cornerback was shown a graphic as to who fans thought was the best cornerback in the league. To Cromartie's disbelief, his name wasn't there.
The corners that were included Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson, Joe Haden and Darrelle Revis. Cromartie's top two is apparently himself and Revis, in no apparent order.
"To me, right now, it's either me or [Revis]," Cromartie said. "You got three guys that's up and coming, but right now it's either me or this guy — when we're healthy."
Hey, no one will discount Cromartie's abilities as a cornerback, and he and Peterson will make a great tandem this year. And yes, he dealt with a hamstring injury last year that limited his abilities.
He did have three interceptions in 2013 but his on-field play simply didn't match up to Sherman, Peterson, Haden or even Revis, coming off a down year of his own due to a Buccaneers coaching staff bent on misusing his skill set.
At the same time, what is Cromartie supposed to say? That those guys are hands down better than him? A cornerback has to be confidenct and Cromartie should express that side. And his game should benefit now that he's in Arizona working on the opposite side of the field as Peterson.
Cromartie could see a lot more praise this year than he has recently, and perhaps jump into that discussion he thinks he should be a part of.
When it was all said and done, Cromartie did choose Revis as the best all-around cornerback and Peterson as the one with the most talent.
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