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Cason making Bolts forget about Cromartie

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By Michael Blunda

When the Chargers shipped CB Antonio Cromartie to the Jets in the offseason, they were showing a lot of faith in replacement Antoine Cason, who hadn't been charged with a great deal of responsibility in his first two seasons. The move, however, has paid off. From what we hear, the 2008 first-round pick has been better than Cromartie was last season and is a more complete football player, also showing well against the run. While the majority of his playing time previously came at the nickel-back position, Cason has shown that he's better-suited to play outside, as his skills did not translate as well in the slot. His numbers certainly tell part of the story — he has 37 tackles, nine passes defended and two interceptions through nine games — but they don't display just how important he has been to the defense. We're told Cason has turned out to be exactly what the Chargers needed opposite Quentin Jammer.

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