Physical Boldin Set For Revis Island

Anquan Boldin is prepped for his stay on Revis Island this weekend.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Saturday, October 1st, 2011 at 9:35 am | Categories: Mike Duffy, Week 4 vs Jets

While most would say that New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is a poor matchup for any receiver in the NFL, Anquan Boldin thinks he’s got a good draw this weekend.

Revis, so nicknamed “Revis Island” for his lockdown capabilities, is generally regarded as the NFL’s best at his position. But Boldin is looking forward to the challenge.

“On top of the fact that he’s a great athlete, he’s a disciplined guy,” said Boldin. “You’ve seen him play against guys like T.O. [Terrell Owens], and he’s been physical against guys like that. I feel like I match up with anybody in the league physically.”

Revis, who has one interception and two passes defensed this season, actually has given offenses many reasons to quake in their boots.

In two seasons under Head Coach Rex Ryan, Revis has been targeted 173 times, and only 62 of those passes were completed for a league-best 35.8 percent.

Revis is also second during that span by logging defended passes on 24.9 percent of those targets (43). Asante Samuel’s percentage of passes defensed is 24.4.

“The thing that impresses me about him is he’s consistent. He is a technician. He is not just an athlete out there playing, shutting people down,” said Ravens Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron. “He uses good technique, he knows how to play square [and] he is a good tackler.

“You look at his body type; he is a great-looking guy from a football perspective. He is not a slightly built corner.”
At 5-foot-11 and a solid 195 pounds, Revis is aggressive within the 5-yard chuck zone, where defenders can knock receivers off their routes.

That’s the type of game where the 6-foot-1, 221-pound Boldin excels.

“That’s not something I’m worried about,” he said.

Cameron didn’t go so far as to say Revis can take away one half of the field, as many pundits continually claim, but Ravens Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano said the Jets use him in that manner.

Whatever the case, the Ravens will have their eye on the Island.

“Usually, you have a post safety. They won’t even have a post safety in the middle,” said Pagano. “They’ll lean him the other way. Everybody else will be taking care of whoever’s left, say, on the left side, and he’s got the right side.

“That’s how much respect they have for him and that’s how much talent he has.”

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