Antonio Cromartie: Odell Beckham Jr. still has room to grow

Antonio Cromartie is what we would consider a “late adopter” to the Odell Beckham Jr. hype train.

Not even two months ago, the New York Jets cornerback called the New York Giants wideout a “one-year wonder.” Leading into Sunday’s matchup, however, Cromartie backpedaled a bit, per ESPN.

“I still feel like there’s still so much room for him to grow. He’s a young, athletic guy that can go out and make plays, and make unbelievable catches. He’s proven that over and over.”

Cromartie continued, adding that “being around the guys, like Eli Manning” will help that process. There’s no doubt that’s true, because Manning keeps throwing passes to places that demand absurd catches.

Beckham exploded onto the NFL scene as a rookie, piling up 91 receptions, 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 12 appearances. But Cromartie wanted to see more from the LSU product.

This season—albeit in a 16-game campaign—Beckham is on track for slightly better numbers. It seems that’s what Cromartie needed to see before admitting an opposing wideout had that type of talent.

On the other hand, Cromartie might’ve realized he could be in for a long day if Darrelle Revis isn’t able to play. The 31-year-old Cromartie has regularly been beaten deep in 2015.

Cromartie might see Beckham’s growth as a receiver over and over again on Sunday afternoon.