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Antonio Cromartie: Full offseason helps New York Jets

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That's exactly what happened to the New York Jets last season, but cornerback Antonio Cromartie believes a full slate of workouts and team meetings has helped.

"We have an offseason," Cromartie told The Star-Ledger in Tuesday's edition. "That's the biggest thing, we have an offseason. Last year we didn't have an offseason, and I think all the focus we put into last year didn't -- we weren't able to blend well last year. I think the offseason we've had now, everybody can get a feel for everybody else and just go out and play football."

The Jets must prove they can make it through September focused on football. Strip away the hype surrounding Tim Tebow's arrival, and we still don't know how New York might respond to a shaky start by quarterback Mark Sanchez, if he falters early.

This is a better roster than we saw last year. Even the Tebow signing -- and the circus it attracts -- could turn the Jets' offense into an unpredictable beast. The defense looks more aggressive, too. But that doesn't mean this will go according to script. Things rarely do for the Jets.

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