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Antonio Cromartie: C
Antonio Cromartie's slow start has carried over to Week 2. Despite having a lot of favorable matchups against a depleted Patriots' receiving corps, he was picked on, especially early in the game. He was targeted six times and nearly let up a long touchdown but was spared by a rare errant throw from Brady.
Cromartie is far from being a liability, but the Jets expect more out of a player who was so dominant a season ago.
Dee Milliner: C-
Dee Milliner was the most targeted of all the Jets' cornerbacks, and for good reason. The rookie only gave up three catches, but it could have been much worse—he was beat badly on a long touchdown pass that was ruled incomplete on a challenge.
Milliner's performance wound up getting him benched, likely because he was not playing as physical at the line as Rex Ryan demands from his cornerbacks.
Milliner has a lot of ability, but he seems to be in a little over his head as a starting NFL corner this early in his career.
Kyle Wilson: C
Kyle Wilson actually put up a solid outing at cornerback in place of the struggling Milliner, but where Wilson erred was at punt returner in place of the injured Kerley.
Not only did Wilson fair catch a handful of punts that he could have easily returned, he was hardly effective when he did return them. He mistakenly "forgot" to return one punt, but he was so ineffective as a returner that the Jets decided to use an 11-man block near the end of the game.
Wilson's game looked a lot worse than it really was, but he seems to make a few mistakes every single game.
Darrin Walls: B+
Darrin Walls was actually the Jets' best cornerback of the game. He made a great play on a long pass defense when filling in for Milliner, pinning his receiver to the sideline and nearly making an interception.
After such a strong preseason, Walls has earned the starting cornerback job that will likely go to either Wilson or Milliner simply because of where they were drafted.
Ellis Lankster: C
Ellis Lankster played just three snaps and recorded one tackle.
Isaiah Trufant: C
Isaiah Trufant also played in just three snaps, but he was beat on a third-down completion.