Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey has been one of the bright spots of Baltimore’s rookie class this season. As a first-round pick from Alabama, Humphrey was expected to make an immediate impact. He has done just that.
According to Pro Football Focus, Humphrey’s positional rating of 81.6 places him fourth among rookie cornerbacks.
The top rookie cornerbacks after 12 weeks— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) December 2, 2017
His rating puts him behind Desmond King (87.4), Tre'Davious White (89.0), and Marshon Lattimore (92.7).
Humphrey has worked primarily as the third cornerback on the team. However, things could change pretty soon, namely due to Humphrey outplaying his teammate, Brandon Carr. Carr currently has a PFF rating of 62.3, which is below average.
Despite playing well enough to be a starter, the rookie seems to be fine with his current role.
“I think not being the starter and getting the amount of playing time that I’ve been getting is pretty good,” Humphrey said last Saturday, via The Baltimore Sun. “I can never complain when I’m playing. I’ve enjoyed the role I’ve had so far. They work me in when they can whenever starters Jimmy [Smith] or Brandon [Carr] need a blow. That’s kind of how it has gone. I’ve enjoyed that, and I’ve just accepted that role. I’m getting a good amount out of special teams and defense. So it’s gone pretty well.”
With Jimmy Smith’s achilles soreness, Humphrey has stepped up. To have three starting cornerbacks is a very good problem for the Ravens to have.