by Aaron Wilson
October 18, 02013
New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie is a tough grader.
He characterized his play as a C, though Jets coach Rex Ryan disagrees.
“Well, he’s probably still had a Pro Bowl year,” Ryan said. “I just think that sometimes as much man as we play, we give him the tough down, down after down. Sometimes you’re going to get beat and he’s been beat on a couple of them.”
As for Cromartie, he says he's been average as the replacement for shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis.
“I’d give myself a C,” Cromartie said. “I haven’t been playing up to that level that I expect myself to be, or my teammates expect from me to be honest with you. It’s been a tough year for me."
Cromartie has already allowed three touchdown passes, two 50 yards or longer.
Cromartie has also dealt with injuries.
“I don’t want to say so, because if I’m out on the football field, my teammates expect to get my best from me and I expect to give my best,” Cromartie said. “So I’m never going to involve injuries or make an excuse for my play at all.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.