It may not be the offseason for some teams, but the NFL season is surely over for the New York Jets. That means we’ll be running out a series of reflective articles here at cover32, peering back on some of the best and worse moments of the Jets’ 2013 season. Today, we look at two Jets who deserve less playing time in 2014:
Holmes is the easy choice for this after finishing his injury-shortened season with only 23 receptions for 456 yards in 11 games. He’s played in only 15 games over the past two seasons. He’s combined for only 728 yards and two touchdowns over that period. He’s trouble in the clubhouse. He’s trouble with the media. He’s trouble on the field. There isn’t much good with Santonio Holmes – except for the fact that the Jets could release him, or at least restructure his contract in a more favorable fashion, at some point this offseason. There’s no reason to have a malcontent who also doesn’t produce. Holmes won’t provide much good and hasn’t hit 800 receiving yards in a season since his only 1,000-yard season back in 2009. That was five years ago. Five long years. Now, it may be time to end the Holmes era, because it’s still possible we haven’t seen the worst.
How Cromartie made the Pro Bowl is still somewhat unfathomable after even he noted that this past year had been one of the worst of his career. Cro constantly got beaten down the field, wasn’t good in any sort of coverage, and committed far too many pass-interference penalties for a No. 1 corner. Of 110 qualifying cornerbacks, ProFootballFocus.com rated Cromartie as the 103rd-most effective from this season. That’s not what you like to see. It gets even worse when you look at his grade purely in coverage, where ProFootballFocus says he was the second-worst corner in the entire league. The whole damn NFL. Realistically, Cromartie’s offseason situation will be similar to Holmes’. He may not be in green next year and if he is, it probably won’t be with the contract he has right now. There’s going to be some sort of restructuring there, because that’s what happens in the NFL. Have a bad year and you’re going to suffer financially and unfortunately for Cromartie, he’s about to learn that the hard way.
Fred Katz is the managing editor of all things Jets at cover32.com. His work has appeared on ESPN’s TrueHoop Network, Bleacher Report, and RotoWire. Follow him on Twitter at @FredKatz or contact him at Fred@cover32.com.