Baltimore Ravens: Earl Thomas could have it all in 2019
Earl Thomas has nearly every accolade you need as a Hall of Fame candidate, but his 2019 season with the Ravens could be more than he ever asked for.
What doesn’t Earl Thomas have?
Starting with the obvious, Thomas has a Super Bowl ring as a leader of one of the greatest defenses the NFL has ever seen in the Legion of Boom. Thomas also has six Pro Bowl nods and five All-Pro honors (three being first team). His resume is more than good, with nearly 700 career tackles and 28 interceptions. Top it off with a reputation of being one of the best safeties of the 2010’s, there’s not much left to ask for.
Open and shut case, Earl Thomas seems to be a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
While this is probably universally agreed upon by NFL players, coaches, annalists, and fans, it could still be better. After all, E.T. is just turning 30-years old and showed no signs of slowing down in 2018 before an unfortunate leg injury. Thomas was on pace for 12 interceptions, a career-high and one of the highest in NFL history. Why should we believe he can’t replicate this in 2019?
Don’t even mention Earl Thomas as being injury prone, because that couldn’t be further from the truth. Broken legs are one of the easiest injuries to return from, and Thomas took extra time off in 2018 to be fully healed for 2019. I don’t see any reason why he can’t pick up where he left off.
Better yet, Thomas has departed Seattle, with a secondary a ghost of its former self. Now, Thomas comes to Baltimore with a secondary close to what he was accustomed to in his heyday. With elite corners in Marlon Humphrey and Jimmy Smith, another elite slot-corner in Tavon Young, a partner in crime at safety in Tony Jefferson, and the secondary depth to make NFL teams pee their pants, Thomas will feel right at home…