There have been some minor rumblings that the New York Jets could take a page out of the rival New England Patriots playbook and use their top cornerback to cover New Orleans Saints superstar TE Jimmy Graham, who has been on an absolute tear this season. That doesn’t seem to be the case, though, as Cromartie stated that he doesn’t think he will be asked to shadow Graham tomorrow. Earlier this season, both Aqib Talib and- when Talib went down with a hip injury- Kyle Arrington were able to shut down Graham, and the Patriots had a perfect gameplan in order to stop Graham.
The Jets gameplan probably won’t incorporate using a corner in coverage, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we should rule out the possibility of that happening. Still, Cromartie doesn’t believe that will be the case, “No, I don’t think so. (From) Antonio Allen to Dawan Landry, I think we have some good cover safeties, so I don’t see it happening.”
Cromartie then spoke about how the Jets secondary needs to have a short-term memory in order to forgot about last week’s debacle against the Cincinnati Bengals and instead focus their energy on this week’s task. It’s an incredibly difficult task too, because Graham isn’t the only great option in the Saints passing attack. Lance Moore, Marques Colston, Kenny Stills, Robert Meachem, Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, and even Ben Watson are all players who could potentially do some damage, especially with an elite quarterback at the helm in Drew Brees. If the Jets don’t clamp down, then it could be another embarrassing week for this secondary.