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Antonio Cromartie on offense? Jets plan to use cornerback as WR in packages

The Jets could use Antonio Cromartie in certain offensive packages as a wide receiver this season. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The New York Jets are preparing to use cornerback Antonio Cromartie in certain offensive packages this season, Cromartie told the New York Daily News on Saturday.

“They’re trying to make up a ‘Cro Package,’” Cromartie said. “So I’ll see what goes in there.”

“I believe I can do it,” Cromartie added. “You got to pick your spots. You got to figure out what routes I can run, what routes I can’t run. That’s what we’re going to do.”

On Friday, Jets head coach Rex Ryan said that the team might use Cromartie during some snaps at wide receiver.

"You have 53 guys on your roster and 45 are active and you're sitting back some games there has to be some crossover," Ryan said. "Don't be surprised if Cromartie plays some receiver, that's something we talked about. You have to be ready for those type of things."

The plan has been used before by current Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano when he was the offensive coordinator with the Washington Redskins in 2001. The team sometimes lined up cornerback Champ Bailey at wide receiver during the season.

The Jets are thin at wide receiver beyond Santonio Holmes. Ryan said Saturday that he was disappointed in second-year wideout Jeremy Kerley's progression. Beyond that, the Jets have Chaz Schilens, Patrick Turner and second-round pick Stephen Hill, for whom the Jets traded up to get in April's draft. But Cromartie thinks he can help out.

“I believe I can do it,” Cromartie said. “You got to pick your spots. You got to figure out what routes I can run, what routes I can’t run. That’s what we’re going to do.”
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