New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie could hear his number called in all three phases of the game this coming season. Not only will Cromartie line up as a defensive back in the Jets defense and a part-time kick return on special teams but Cromartie will be seeing some reps on offense.
Sources to ProFootballTalk.com that Cromartie will be lining up at wide receiver in multiple packages for the Jets. Mike Florio wrote:
The goal will be to turn him loose, stretching the field and keeping defenses intent on stuffing the “ground and pound” offense honest. It could also open up the underneath routes for receiver Santonio Holmes and tight end Dustin Keller.
Cromartie is a dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands. He holds the NFL record for longest touchdown after he returned a missed field goal attempt 109-yards for a touchdown. It’s no surprise that New York would like to see Cromartie on the offensive side of the ball. In his NFL career, Cromartie has never caught a pass but he has line up at wideout before. He was used for end arounds and that could also be in his expanded role with the Jets.