Where’s the bar set?
Marlon Humphrey certainly set the bar high for himself headed into 2018. Just how well does he need to play to match expectations? After all, many are already calling for him to become a Pro Bowl caliber player. Is that truly realistic?
That’s certainly a large task for someone so young, but it honestly could be a reality. Humphrey performed at such a high level as a rookie that the sky feels like the limit for him. Even duplicating his rookie season as the numero uno corner should get national attention. Now imagine if he was even better.
A season where we see 50+ tackles and four-or-more interceptions, matched with some Pro Football Focus analytics (i.e. the passer rating stat) should be enough to warrant a Pro Bowl nod. But hardware isn’t everything. After all, Jimmy Smith has been one of the best corners in the game when healthy over the last few years now and he doesn’t have any Pro Bowl selections.
No, all that matters is Baltimore sees his value. All that matters is the fans know how good he is. Let Humphrey be the best kept secret on the East Coast entirely.
Pro Bowls aren’t the end-all be-all for success. A Pro Bowl nod is certainly high praise nationwide, but who cares? Marlon Humphrey locking down the likes of A.J. Green and Antonio Brown is all we need as members of Ravens Flock to be satisfied.
Marlon Humphrey just needs to replicate his rookie season for us to crown him as one of the best. But that won’t be good enough for him. No, instead he will come out and lock-down everyone who dares line-up against him. Humphrey will be a shutdown corner and then some.
Mark August 9, 2018 in your calendars, but not for week one of the 2018 season. No, rather mark it down for the day everyone in the country learned the name, “Marlon Humphrey.”