Jets CB Cromartie hopes to play 2 ways this season

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CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Antonio Cromartie hopes to play cornerback and wide receiver for the New York Jets this season.

Cromartie participated in individual drills with the receivers for the first time during practice Monday, running routes and catching passes. He made waves early in training camp when he said he would rank himself as the team’s second-best wide receiver behind Santonio Holmes.

Cromartie says he has been begging coach Rex Ryan to get a chance at being a two-way player, and thinks he will get an opportunity to play more at wide receiver this season because “we got a different coordinator.” Brian Schottenheimer, replaced by Tony Sparano, actually used Cromartie at wide receiver on a few plays last year but his work at the position wasn’t extensive.