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Should Antonio Cromartie Be Used to Cover Wes Welker?

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Recently I've been thinking about our secondary and how we would match up against some of the good passing attacks that we'll be facing this year.  [I'm operating under the assumption that Revis is resigned].  We've been led to believe that WIlson will be covering the slot while Revis and Cro will be locking it down on the outside.  The match-up where that scares the bejesus out of me, though, is where rookie Kyle Wilson would be going up against Wes Welker.  The week 2 game in particular.  Wilson very well may be a good cover guy.  But the idea of Brady and Welker against a rookie, ANY rookie, just seems like shooting fish in a barrel.  However, the idea of using Cro on Welker seems very intriguing, to me at least.      

Wilson seems to be more in the Revis mold than in the Cro mold.  Meaning Wilson seems to be the type that likes to jam and disrupt/redirect the rout and then use his athletic ability to cover.  It seems like his style is more akin to Revis' in that it is technique driven.  They disrupt timing then use the side-line and their positioning to lock it down.  Cro seems to rely more on his instincts and athleticism.  Despite is size advantage, he doesn't seem to rely on jamming very much.  He seems to like to just lock onto guys and uses his length and speed and hawking skills to make up for lost ground.

So why Cro on Welker rather than Wilson? 

Welker and Brady have tremendous chemistry and timing.  Welker working out of the slot makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to get a good jam on him.  This will likely make Wilson much less effective in coverage on Welker, and his inexperience will make him much more succeptible to manipulation (especially in week 2).  Cro's length, quickness and speed will make it much more difficult for Welker to get separation (Cro is 6'2" 210 to Welker's 5'9" 185).  Cro closes so quickly that he can give up an initial step to Welker and can recover easily.  Because of Cro's length, Welker would have to get that much more separation from him in order to get completely open.  Also, Brady will be slightly more hesitant to throw a ball within Cro's reach because of his hawking skills and ability to take it to the house.   And there's just no way Welker is separating from Cro on a deep route. 

This seems to be the best way for the Jets D to attack the Pats O.  We all know Revis can erase Moss, and I for one am much more comfortable with Wilson covering the Pats 3rd best receiver on the outside rather than arguably their best receiver in the slot.  Cro seems to be big enough and quick enough that his size-athleticism combo may give Brady and Welker fits.

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