If Rex Ryan were picking the AFC Pro Bowl team right now he’d make at least one homer selection. The Jets head coach said Thursday that he believes that Antonio Cromartie has played at a Pro Bowl caliber thus far this season despite general belief to the contrary.

Cromartie who so successfully replaced Darrelle Revis after the former Jet tore his ACL early last season hasn’t been the same shutdown corner this year.

“Well he’s probably still had a Pro Bowl year” Ryan said. “I just think that sometimes as much man as we play we give him the tough down down after down. Sometimes you’re going to get beat and he’s been beat on a couple of them.”

Cromartie wholeheartedly disagreed with Ryan’s assessment of him. Asked how he would grade himself through the first six games Cromartie wasn’t easy on himself.

“I’d give myself a C” he said. “I haven’t been playing up to that level that I expect myself to be or my teammates expect from me to be honest with you.”

“It’s been a tough year for me” he added.

Cromartie has surrendered some plays that would have been out of the ordinary last season. That includes three touchdowns — two to Nate Washington in Week 4 and one last week when Emmanuel Sanders beat him deep. Two of the three were for more than 50 yards.

ProFootballFocus.com which tracks the performance of individual players has rated Cromartie poorly — 103 out of 104 cornerbacks — thus far this season. The website has Cromartie allowing 22 receptions on 41 targets (53.7% catch rate) for 388 yards and three touchdowns. Opposing quarterbacks have a 110.6 QB rating against him.

“I think he’s playing well enough” said Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman. “I mean when you’re going against a team’s top receiver most every game the other guy’s going to be good too. He gets paid just as well. I think he’s performing pretty well but we can always do better.”