Link: Could Lankster start if Cromartie can’t play?

With Antonio Cromartie dealing with the effects of a concussion from last weekend’s game against the Raiders, the question becomes who will start opposite Dee Milliner should Cromartie be unable to play.  On Wednesday, Metro New York‘s Kristian Dyer writes that Ellis Lankster took the first team reps in Cromartie’s stead.

Rex Ryan told reporters that it would be between Darrin Walls and Lankster, but it was Lankster who took the first team reps and later told Dyer splitting reps was not brought to him “not as of right now.”

According to Dyer, Lankster is more than up for the challenge of taking on Cam Newton and specifically Steve Smith.

If Lankster gets the nod from the coaching staff, he will likely have the challenge of going up against Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith. The 34-year-old Smith, a five-time Pro Bowler, is putting up some big numbers for the Panthers as he leads the team with 60 receptions for 681 receiving yards.

Primarily a role player, Lankster sounded a bit brazen in his readiness for this Sunday.

“Steve Smith? It will be great, I’m ready,” Lankster told Metro. “They’re finally giving me a chance if ‘Cro’ can’t go. I’m ready.

“I already know how Steve Smith is and I’ve got attitude about me too. [He is a] good route runner, quick hands, aggressive. … He’s legit.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Steve Smith is going to be one heck of an assignment for whomever gets him, but we would almost guarantee that the Jets would do their best to keep Dee Milliner off Smith.  Smith might be small, but he is so fast and elusive his ability to create separation is incredible.  Smith is also one of the more physical players and will routinely bowl over defensive backs if he can get even a little head of steam.

While the Panthers offense has focused more on the short passing game this season what complicates matters further is Newton’s ability to evade rushers and launch deep passes.  Even when plays break down, Newton’s arm strength and accuracy with the deep ball combine well with Smith’s ability to get behind the defense.

Walls and Lankster in particular both have the right temperament to take on a player like Steve Smith.  Smith is going to get his yards, but those aren’t the type of guys to lose their cool over issues.  For Lankster, he is going to have to know what his back-end coverage looks like and avoid any miscommunications to get the most effectve help as possible.

21 comments
juunit
juunit

Out of the frying pan and into the Steve Smith. 


He's being thrown to the Panthers.

Bent
Bent

I guess Rex read Bassett's "three moves the Jets should make" article from last week.

a57se
a57se

Lankster is a better match-up vs. Smith from what I have seen. He is a tough little guy and will not back down. He gets in trouble when he has to play against bigger opponents.

The big question to me is if the Jets trust either Milliner or Lankster enough to only keep one safety deep? Milliner has been getting help over the top lately but if they only give that help to him then Lankster might be exposed deep. I wouldn't be surprised to see some two deep coverage from the Jets this game to try and force Carolina to nickel and dime them to death. not sure that suits Carolina if we can shut down their running game.

Bernard Mclaughlin
Bernard Mclaughlin

Did I miss something about Wilson being injured, or has he been totally relegated to nickel and dime coverage's.  is this an admission of another "whiff" on a 1st rounder? 

a57se
a57se

I thought he was throwing paper bag sandwiches?

djf1
djf1

He skipped the guard part, I guess.

Brendan
Brendan

@Bernard Mclaughlin Slot corner is harder to play than outside corner, a lot of times. Wilson basically learned it for three years and now he's one of the best in football at it. 

Anthony Capp
Anthony Capp

@Bernard Mclaughlin In addition to Wilson being a great fit in the slot, if you look back at this years games, its not the slot receivers who are gaining heavy yardage. It's for the first time in years (since the pre revis era), the number 1 and number 2 wide receivers. The big guys that we always took for granted that were easily taken out of each game by number 24. Wilson is having a quietly stellar year. And in my opinion, the less you hear Wilson's name, the better.

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

@Bernard Mclaughlin


he is just way better then everyone else in the slot, since covering the slot in todays NFL is just as important as the outside, he should stay there and he is playing very well this year. not even close to a whiff

juunit
juunit

Haha! Bringing it back.

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

@Brendan @Bernard Mclaughlin


The slot corner gets no side line help and today's slot receivers keep getting bigger faster and stronger. The Wes Welkers of the world are giving way to the Victor Cruzes. On top of that, a lot of teams are putting their big guns in the slot 15-20% of the time. The Jets D is just responding to an ever changing game. I'm very comfortable with Wilson right where he is. 



jetlife
jetlife

@DrJonathanReefer I don't think he was drafted with the intention of keeping him exclusively as a slot corner. No he is not a whiff, but close to it considering the alleged Cleveland War Room torn between Wilson and Joe Haden.

Bernard Mclaughlin
Bernard Mclaughlin

@Jeff E. Guy@Brendan@Bernard Mclaughlin All that understood, but how many snaps does he average in a game.  How often is he on the field as opposed to the corner opposite Cro or cro himself.  I seem to remember him being on the field a lot more last year!  I love the kid, watched him a few times in HJS, just seems that for a 1st rounder he hasn't developed as much as I expected, but hey I've been wrong before.


Wilkershakes
Wilkershakes

It would have been more impressive if he got four penalties in one play...


(of course, it felt like he did that game)

a57se
a57se

People expect way too much of a first round draft pick, especially guys at the end of the round. If you get a 5 year starter out of a late first round pick, you have done well. Wilson is a starter for the Jets as the slot CB plays a significant amount of reps in any given game now. The biggest issue in peoples' perception of Wilson is that he doesn't start on the outside. It isn't that he can't or wouldn't succeed, the main reason is because his replacement in the slot would be so much worse that it would hurt the team more.

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

@NYCPEinGermany @DrJonathanReefer @jetlife


people who even think he is close to a bust has no idea wtf they are talking about. Wilson has a big role in our D. Over drafted? Maybe but not even close to a bust. I don't remember the last time a slot receiver has gone off on the Jets. When it used to happen all the time.

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

@jetlife @DrJonathanReefer


As we saw last year he can play outside also. Him playing the slot is not against him, its because nobody else is  even close to being as good. While the others are better on the outside, you don't drastically hurt one area for a slight upgrade in another.


Also considering we had Revis and Cro on the team when we drafted him and our biggest problem was the middle of the field, I think we did draft him for the slot.