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Every year, teams have to let some players go. Even though the Jets did bring back some of their free agents (Jeff Cumberland, Darrin Walls, Nick Folk, Leger Douzable, Calvin Pace), they chose not to bring everyone back. Throughout the preseason, we kept track of the progress on the guys they let go to start to form some views on whether letting any of these guys loose was a mistake or a smart move. Now we’re into the regular season, we can provide our third update on how these players are faring…
Some stats from PFF are used in this article and throughout the series.
Antonio Cromartie, CB, Arizona
Cromartie continues to shine now that he is clearly back to 100%. His overall numbers are skewed by his one really bad performance of the year where DeMaryius Thomas lit him up for over 200 yards. Take that game out of the equation and he’s given up just 2.4 yards per target and a 43% completion percentage.
His season has shown no signs of slowing down over the past few weeks, either. He had two interceptions against the Eagles three weeks ago and over the most recent two games, he’s surrendered just one catch for eight yards in seven targets.
Today will be a fascinating test for him with Calvin Johnson now healthy and the Lions coming to town. Cromartie probably won’t cover Johnson (as an example, when they played the Cowboys, Patrick Peterson covered Dez Bryant with Cromartie on Terrance Williams), but might therefore end up covering Golden Tate who has had some big games this year. Tate has good short area quickness, which means he’s the type of player Cromartie has struggled to cover at times in the past.
Santonio Holmes, WR, Chicago
At the exact opposite end of the scale is Santonio Holmes, another player who had a poor 2013 season due to injury. While Cromartie has worked his way back to 100% and has been effective, that hasn’t happened with Holmes who ended up with just eight catches for 67 yards. He also fielded 14 punts, with a longest return of 22 yards but an average of just 5.6 per return. After his release, Holmes did work out for the Chiefs this week, but that’s been the least productive receiving corps in the league, so if he can’t get a job with them, that might be the end of his career.
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Percy Harvin has been called a ‘selfish malcontent and a locker-room cancer,’ but is not worried about people questioning his character.
“I’m fine with that. Because I know the real me,” Harvin said. (Martin, Nov. 15).
The Jets (2-8) have lost two out of three games played with Harvin where he had 17 catches for 174 yards and 11 carries for 69 yards.
Harvin, the former first-round pick, was traded from the Seattle Seahawks for a conditional draft pick on Oct. 18.