Give Antonio Cromartie a Chance at Wide Receiver

Nick Condit@@NConditCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2008

Antonio Cromartie dropped an early first quarter pick-six in Monday night's game to add to his recent streak of struggles, but came back strong to grab his first two interceptions of the season.

With the Jets only down three to start the second quarter, Brett Favre faced pressured and threw a ball behind Laveranues Coles with Cromartie covering. Cromartie was able to tip the ball up to himself, make the catch, and run 52 yards the other way for a touchdown. The Chargers went up 17-7 and never looked back.

Later in the game, Cromartie looked like the intended receiver for Brett Favre on a two-point conversion attempt. He made the pick keeping his feet in bounds before stepping out of back of the end zone. 

Last season he scored two touchdowns, one on an interception, and the second on a field goal return Nov. 4 against the Vikings. On that play, Cromartie made a nice catch in the back of the end zone after a missed 57-yard attempt by Ryan Longwell. He proceeded to take it out and weave his way 109 yards for a record-breaking touchdown.

Though he hasn't started off too well this season, he made plays on Monday Night Football that had him looking like the player he was last year. The player that had 10 interceptions, many being fantastic catches (including three off Peyton Manning).

When asked about the Cromartie interception for a touchdown during the post-game news conference late Monday night, Favre said, "Cromartie has great ball skills, he can get it from anywhere."

And yes, he does make the catch in the article photo for an interception in front of pro-bowler Reggie Wayne. 

At 6'2", 203 pounds, Cromartie has the size and the speed to play wide receiver in the NFL. Combined with his ball skills, the Florida State Seminole, who sat out his entire senior year due to injury, could be a playmaker on offense. And yeah, I know, they already have enough weapons on offense and wouldn't want to risk another Cromartie injury, but he could be dangerous as a wideout. 

I know if he was on the Jets I would certainly want him lined up on the offensive side of the ball.