Earlier this week, Baltimore Ravens 2017 first-round pick Marlon Humphrey was arrested in Alabama for stealing an Uber driver’s phone charger. Allegedly, when the driver asked for it back, Humphrey elbowed him and left.
A year ago at this time, the Ravens had problems in the secondary and Ozzie Newsome, with a lot of scrutiny, decided to focus his attention on rebuilding the unit. He signed Tony Jefferson to pair with Eric Weddle, he signed Brandon Carr and drafted the aforementioned Humphrey. All that was done to help out Jimmy Smith and make this group strong. Not to mention, Smith’s injury history has hurt this group in the past as well. Unfortunately in 2017, like in 2016, when Smith went down, the secondary fell apart, again.
Now with Humphrey's arrest and the unpredictability of the NFL when it comes to suspensions, Newsome now finds himself in a pickle again in the secondary. Not only could they lose Humphrey to begin 2018, but there is no guarantee that Smith will be ready to begin the season after tearing his achilles last month. Carr, despite notching 4 interceptions, struggled and had problems with penalties late in the year.
Oddly enough, the truth is the Ravens still needed help at cornerback due to the constant injury history of Smith, and Humphrey's arrest has reinforced that point. Newsome could look at the free agent market yet again for a cornerback with players such as Malcolm Butler, Trumaine Johnson and Johnathan Joseph hitting the open market. Not to mention, the 2018 NFL Draft class has some intriguing cornerbacks as well.
Humphrey's lawyer believes the case will be dropped. However, you just don't know with the league, and Smith's injury cast another shadow on a unit that was thought to be fixed a year ago.