Two of the Jets' top three cornerbacks will appear on "Inside the Jets" tonight as 1050 ESPN New York's popular radio show kicks off its 2010 schedule with a 7 p.m. start. Veteran Antonio Cromartie and rookie Kyle Wilson will join Bob Wischusen at Grasshopper Off The Green in Morristown, N.J., and fans are welcome to attend.
The Jets are 0-1 after dropping a tight 10-9 contest to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. Cromartie, acquired in an offseason trade from the Chargers, had a 66-yard run after a terrific interception but he was also flagged four times in the defeat.
"The style of play that I have to get across to Cromartie is that we're going to be aggressive, we're going to play a lot of man coverage," said head coach Rex Ryan at today's news conference at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. "And his athleticism is that if he gets his hands on the receiver, he can be a shutdown guy as well as anybody in this league. But we have to get him to play a little more physical at the line of scrimmage and trust his athleticism."
The 5'10", 194-pound Wilson, a Piscataway HS/Boise State product who was the 29th overall selection in April's draft, lined up at nickel and pitched in with three tackles and two PDs. Wilson also was charged with two fouls as a first-quarter holding infraction bailed out the Ravens on third-and-28 and then his end zone pass interference on T.J. Houshmandzadeh in the second quarter set up the visitors' only TD.
With Darrelle Revis back in the lineup, the Jets kept the NFL's top defensive player on the left side. Cromartie moved back to his familiar right and Wilson went back inside. Derrick Mason was kept in check with just two receptions but both WR Anquan Boldin (7-110) and TE Todd Heap (6-72) had productive nights.
"We just have to get better away from Revis, and we will," Ryan said. "Cromartie made an interception, and I don't know how many guys are going to make that play. The guy has great ability and I think he'll be great from here on out, I really do."
Next up for the Jets is a visit from the Patriots. Ryan indicated today that Revis will again lock horns with Randy Moss, but the corners will also have to contain Wes Welker and Brandon Tate. The Patriots have been preaching more balance, RB Fred Taylor still is a productive runner and they're high on a pair of rookie TEs, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
"Shoes" will break it down for you tonight with Cro and Kyle, so listen in to 1050 or on 1050espn.com at 7 p.m. or stop by the 'Hopper in Motown.