This weekend the New York Jets take on the Cincinnati Bengals. One of the toughest challenges of that game will be cornerback Antonio Cromartie trying to stop Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green.
“What does he need to do?” Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said about Cromartie defending Green, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “Put his hands on him and pray, pretty much.”
“He’s very talented, he’s tall, he’s long, he’s athletic, has good speed, good hands,” Thurman said of Green. “You better pay attention to him.”
Green only has a two-inch height advantage over Cromartie so it is a fairly even match up. Still stopping Green will be difficult. He has caught 43 passes for 619 yards and five touchdowns this season.
“He’s a force when he plays to 6-2,” Thurman said. “I’ve been saying this to you guys (reporters) since he’s been here. He plays to his height and to his length, he’s hard to deal with. It’s a matter of continual focus: ‘Hey, you need to play like this, you need to play like this.’ When he does, he’s hard to throw at.”