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Mike Adams Still Sees Man Coverage Ability In Antonio Cromartie

Intro: What did players and staff members think of Antonio Cromartie’s first week of practice in Indianapolis?


INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Adams' eyes have helped haul in the third most interceptions of anybody in the NFL over the last two seasons.

Adams' eyes last week also witnessed the man-to-man coverage ability of newly signed, 32-year-old, cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

"Hell yeah," Adams said when asked if Cromartie can still hold his own in man coverage.

"That isn't going nowhere."

As Adams tries to bring Cromartie along with what the Colts will do from a coverage standpoint this season, the new cornerback is now a week into his fifth NFL stop.

While Adams witnessed the intricacies of Cromartie in coverage, D'Qwell Jackson took note of his overall presence.

"He competes his tail off," Jackson said of Cromartie, a 10-year veteran and a former first-round pick.

"He's already challenging T.Y. (Hilton), Donte Moncrief. It (even) got a little chippy…We love it."

After not being part of any team's offseason program or Training Camp, Cromartie is now getting his first taste of NFL life this calendar year.

The Colts will have Cromartie practice again on Monday and Tuesday, giving him five total practices in Indianapolis.

Cromartie will then sit out the preseason finale on Thursday before preparing for his Colts' regular season on Sept. 11.

"I was pleased," Cromartie said of his first week of practice. "The first day I was not happy, because I was just knocking the rust off. But overall I feel good and am just looking forward to it."

Given the current injury situation at cornerback (six of the team's top seven cornerbacks are dealing with injuries), Cromartie could easily be starting come Week One.

"He's moving around pretty well out there," GM Ryan Grigson said following last week's practice. "We brought him in for a workout to make sure and did the medical. He's next man up. You can't dispute his length and his play history.

"It will hopefully work itself out in the next two weeks."

Tuesday afternoon practice.

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