Cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who said he could do better as a receiver than the guys his Jets team was running out there, is getting a chance to play some offense and prove it. That raises the question about using defensive players on offense: Which of the Ravens would
you plug in -- and where?
Ed Reed: First of all, Reed would have to agree to stop with that lateraling stuff. We've seen enough of him darting around a broken field on interception or punt returns -- when he keeps the ball -- to know the safety would be best operating, as the commentators like to say, "in space." We're thinking a pass-catching running back who gets the ball in the flat and then jukes his way past defenders.
Haloti Ngata: Fullback, of course.
Terrence Cody: The defensive tackle has shown notable agility for a man of his bulk, so we'd like to see him as an active guard who can quickly pick up blitzers, get to the outside to kick out defenders and hunt down linebackers before they can pursue.
Lardarius Webb: He's got the speed and the hands to be a wide-out. And he would know how to deal with those pesky cornerbacks in press coverage.
Ray Lewis: The first inclination is to think of him as a hard-running back who gets tough yards between the tackles. But we'll go with tight end, even though he's vertically challenged for the position in today's NFL. Lewis has shown soft hands when he can get to the ball, and though you couldn't send him deep, he'd have the physicality to ward off any safety and the quickness to get away from most linebackers.