The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE
Antonio Cromartie's stellar play in the secondary has been the most pleasant surprise for Jets fans so far in the 2012 season.
In the past, "Cro" has been a good, not great, one-on-one defender that showed flashes of brilliance just as often as he'd be seen getting beat deep.
Cromartie's strong season may be, in part, because of Darrelle Revis's absence rather than in spite of it. With Revis on the field, Cromartie was the weaker defender in the Jets secondary, and thus far more likely to be targeted.
Now opposite Kyle Wilson, Cromartie is the tougher match-up for opposing wide receivers and quarterbacks.
Tasked with handling the opposition's #1 receiver, Cromartie has performed extremely well, with three interceptions already, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
Jets safety Yeremiah Bell told the Boston.com of Cromartie's transformation:
"You can tell he loves doing that, that he loves breaking down the film, trying to see teams, how they’re trying to attack and things like that. But I think especially since Reve went down, he’s probably watched a little bit more."