Veteran: Seattle's Top Shutdown D-Back Doesn't Cover No. 1 WRs Nearly Enough

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As far as Antonio Cromartie is concerned, Richard Sherman claiming to be the top cornerback in the NFL rings hollow for one very important reason.

Sherman doesn’t consistently cover opposing teams’ best wide receivers.

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Speaking to Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday, Cromartie didn’t mince words when asked about Sherman, a perennial All-Pro with a Super Bowl ring, who is also never at a loss for words with it comes to promoting himself.

“I’d tell him to go play in a defense where you don’t have two All-Pro safeties,” Cromartie said, referring to the Seahawks dangerous one-two combination of Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. “I would tell him, ‘Go follow the No. 1 receiver.’ Follow him around for a whole entire game, and let’s see what you can do.”

A four-time Pro Bowler himself, Cromartie signed a four-year contract with the Jets this offseason after playing last season in Arizona. He said Sherman hides behind Seattle’s scheme.

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“And (Sherman’s) whole thing will be, ‘Well we don’t have to do that. I’ve got my trust on the other corner on the other side,'” Cromartie said. “That’s not the point. If you want to consider yourself the best, the best do what the best do — they follow around the best.”

Cromartie said for his money, teammate Darrelle Revis, a six-time Pro Bowler and a former AFC Defensive Player of the Year, is the top cover corner in the league, mostly because he always takes on and shuts down the opponents’ best.

And never needs to tell anyone about it.

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“Darrelle Revis has done that his whole career. I’ve done that, (the Cardinals’) Patrick Peterson has done it, (the Browns’) Joe Haden’s done it,” Cromartie said. “(Sherman) is the only defensive back that hasn’t. So, there’s no point in critiquing him. It’s saying, if you want to label yourself as the No. 1 corner, or the best corner in the NFL, follow the best guy on every single team.”