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Marlon Humphrey emerging as one of the top outside cornerbacks in the NFL

He’ll be just 23 years old when the 2019 NFL season kicks off, but Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey is already emerging as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.

Drafted with the 16th selection in the 2017 NFL draft, Humphrey was brought along slowly by the Ravens in his rookie season, playing more than 30 snaps on defense just twice in the opening nine games of the 2017 season. However, he was still able to show flashes of what was to come by allowing only 13 of the 27 passes thrown into his coverage to be caught and coming away with four pass breakups.

He became a staple of the team’s defense late in the year, however, starting the final four games of the season and playing a season-high 89 snaps against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 14. That game saw him in coverage for 73 of those 89 snaps and targeted 12 times, and while he allowed six receptions, those receptions went for a total of just 37 yards, averaging out at a mere 6.2 yards per reception.

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