Cromartie could play WR against Giants

NFL Live OT: Cromartie Works At WR (2:16)

Cris Carter and Jerry Rice discuss CB Antonio Cromartie working with the offense at wide receiver in practice. (2:16)

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- The Jets may unveil their "Throw to Cro" package Saturday night against the Giants.

"It would be interesting to throw him out there and see what happens," Rex Ryan said Tuesday of veteran CB Antonio Cromartie.

Antonio Cromartie

Antonio Cromartie

#31 CB
New York Jets

2011 STATS

  • Tot45
  • Solo36
  • Ast9
  • FF1
  • Sack0.0
  • Int4

Cromartie has been moonlighting as a receiver in training camp, and Tuesday he enjoyed his finest moment. Playing with the third-team offense, he caught a touchdown pass from Greg McElroy on a 15-yard curl. Some of his defensive teammates teased him, calling him a traitor.

"I'm not a traitor when we're on the same team," Cromartie said. "I feel like I can help, so, yeah, I feel like I'm a traitor for the day. But I can take it."

Cromartie, who took five snaps at receiver last season but didn't catch any passes, was given a small package of plays by the coaches. They could use the help. Santonio Holmes (ribs) and Jeremy Kerley (hamstring) won't face the Giants, and now there's a question with rookie Stephen Hill, who injured the ring finger on his right hand. He didn't finish practice.

Ryan joked that Cromartie could turn into a "diva" receiver, complaining about not getting the ball. He and Holmes would be some pair, huh?

"You see the skill that he has," Ryan said of Cromartie. "He's an impressive guy, but like I say, we'll find out when Kenny Phillips hits him or one of those big safeties, (Antrel) Rolle hits him or somebody like that. Then we'll see if he can still catch the ball, because a lot of guys look good in shorts, running around, but they get hit and sometimes they have a tendency to look like a T-Rex with those little arms."