Ravens won't be shy throwing ball near Revis

September 13, 2010|By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun

The Ravens have another destination spot besides New Meadowlands Stadium on Monday night.

Based on how the players are talking, the Ravens plan to take some trips to Revis Island. That's the area of the field covered by Darrelle Revis, one of the top NFL cornerbacks.

"We don't feel like we have to shy away from anybody," Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin said. "As an offense, we're going to do what we do best, and that's just go out and play football."

Revis made six interceptions and broke up 31 passes last season, which prompted several teams to avoid throwing in his direction.

"He's a very good corner, and we understand that part, but we're not going to tailor our offense because of one guy," wide receiver Derrick Mason said. "They've got 10 other guys that can play football as well."

Some have speculated that Revis won't be at the top of his game after a 36-day holdout this summer over a contract extension.

Asked how Revis has looked in practice, Jets coach Rex Ryan sarcastically said, "I think he looks terrible. They need to throw a bunch of balls over there to him."

Ravens studied 'Hard Knocks'

Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron acknowledged that he studied the Jets on their HBO series "Hard Knocks" in an attempt to gain some inside information on New York's defense.

"Yeah, there was probably a lot revealed in that strategically, the way I viewed it," Cameron said. "At least what we were jotting down. There was a lot of stuff in there strategically. I've had people newsreel it because you're looking for any strategic advantage just like anybody else would."

Cameron, though, backed off his comments when asked if the Ravens would be able to use anything from the TV show against the Jets on Monday night.

"I'm not going to say that yet," Cameron said. "You'd have had me if I'd have said 'yes' right there. That was pretty good. He had me, didn't he, because I could read that one already? So, you can't say it because I didn't say it."

Holmes out

The Ravens' secondary caught a break because of Santonio Holmes' mistake.

Holmes is serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy this offseason and will miss the season opener against the Ravens. He has hurt the Ravens tremendously over the past four seasons, scoring a touchdown in seven straight games against them.

"Santonio Holmes is a great wide receiver," Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said. "He's a tremendous athlete. He's got great speed. Obviously, anybody, if you take anybody with that kind of ability out of your lineup, you're not going to be as good."

Rice feels fresh

Running back Ray Rice is ready for the regular season after a reduced workload in the preseason.

Rice only received eight carries this preseason in order to keep him healthy and rested going into regular season. This was far fewer than the 23 carries he had in last preseason.

"It felt good to get tackled during camp by our guys — you don't necessarily want to be tackled by another team," Rice said. "But I feel fresh going into this game. It feels great to know that you got your workload in camp, but now you're ready to play the regular season."

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