Hidden Depth The Name Of The Game

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FILE: Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets in action against the New England Patriots during their game on September 19, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It was reported that Antonio Cromartie has re-signed with the New York Jets with a four year, $32 million contract August 1, 2011. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Rich Cimini had a nice note this morning about how the Jets are trying to create depth from having players take reps at different positions. It's really not a bad idea at all, these guys are all athletes and a lot of these players will have the capability to play multiple positions. Roster depth is a big concern for a lot of teams in a lot of sports, especially sports with salary caps. So if any of you are heading out to Cortland today for the open practise, don't be surprised to see some familiar players playing some unfamiliar positions:

Tim Tebow isn't the only high-profile player on the Jets that plays multiple positions. CB Antonio Cromartie could get a look at wide receiver.

"That’s something we’ve talked about," Rex Ryan said Friday. "You have to be ready for those types of things. You learn the system and that makes you more valuable."

So we have Matt Slauson taking some snaps at Right Tackle (interesting that Vlad is taking some snaps at LG right now and Slauson is taking some snaps at right tackle, lets keep an eye on that one).

Cromartie is going to be playing a little wide receiver, that would give the Jets two very big athletic targets with Hill.

Tebow is playing the Up-Back on punt returns and will probably play 5-10 other positions as well.

"I challenge the guys to learn not just your position, but learn other positions because in the NFL, you need hidden depth," he said. "... You don’t have the numbers. You have 53 guys on your roster, 45 are active, some games there has to be some crossover."

Cortland Schedule Today

8 a.m. to 11 a.m. -- Practice
11 a.m. -- Player availability
12:15 p.m. -- Rex Ryan news conference

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