Thursday, September 29, 2011
Rex Ryan not worried about Torrey Smith
By Jamison Hensley
Ravens rookie receiver Torrey Smith drew national attention when he scored three touchdowns in one quarter last Sunday, but he apparently didn't gain the respect of Jets coach Rex Ryan.
"He’s a fast guy, and all that kind of stuff, but I don’t think he’ll have equal success this week," said Ryan, whose Jets face the Ravens on Sunday night. "If he does, then I’m just going to stay in Baltimore.”
Ryan laughed after the last comment, but it doesn't seem as if he considers Smith a serious threat. The second-round pick didn't have a reception in his first two games before making five catches for 152 yards against a below-average Rams secondary.
Smith's success doesn't increase the need for cornerback Antonio Cromartie (ribs) to play, Ryan said.
"If we want to shut them down, we can always put [Darrelle] Revis on them," Ryan told Baltimore reporters in a conference call. "We’ll do what’s in our best interest. The guy that I’d be more concerned with would be [Anquan] Boldin. He’s the proven commodity.”