- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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If Rex Ryan had it all to do over again, he would have put Darrelle Revis on Anquan Boldin against the Ravens on Monday night.
Revis wasn’t in training camp due to a protracted contract dispute, so Ryan was concerned that his speed might not be back to its peak. Instead of one of the best corners in the game, Ryan placed Kyle Wilson and Antonio Cromartie on the left side of the field to guard a rotation that was heavy on the new Ravens wide receiver.
“It was my decision to keep him on the defensive left side because I thought we could save some running for him going back and forth,” Ryan said. “I wanted to take that away from him because he only had the week of practice. ... Hindsight being what it is, we probably should’ve matched him on Boldin.”
Wilson had two penalties, holding and pass interference, and Cromartie had two holding and a pass interference, plus a roughing the kicker call that didn’t come on coverage. Boldin on the other hand, caught seven passes for 110 yards, and Joe Flacco had no problem throwing on third down.
Ryan said Revis will be on Randy Moss when the Patriots come to the New Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday for the second game of the season.
“Yeah, you can go ahead and put that in there,” Ryan said.
Cromartie had two tackles and at times seemed tentative in that area, one of the knocks on the cornerback when he came over from San Diego.
“If he gets his hands on the receiver, he can be a shut down guy as well as anybody on this league,” Ryan said. “We’ve got to get him to play more physical at the line of scrimmage and trust his athleticism.”