Baltimore Ravens: Picking surprise stat-leaders for 2019
Interceptions: Tavon Young
The obvious answer here is Earl Thomas, and it’s hard not to see why. Thomas may only have 28 career interceptions, but he’s widely regarded as one of the league’s top ball-hawking safeties. Quarterbacks know not to throw at Thomas’ direction, giving others an chance to capitalize on opportunities.
Of all the secondary players I considered, Tavon Young spoke the loudest to me. Allow me to explain.
Thomas, as we established, will be terrorizing quarterbacks deep, forcing them to look towards the middle of the field. From there, he’ll see cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Jimmy Smith locking down their competition. By now, the quarterback has taken a lot of time trying to decide where he wants to go with the ball. Does he take a sack or try and make something happen?
It’s going to be a mixture of both, but don’t be shocked when Tavon Young is the closest guy to the football when it’s up for grabs. Young will be all over the field thanks to his dependability in the slot. He’s smart, quick, and explosive with the ball in his hands (proven by his two defensive touchdowns in 2018).
To many, Tavon Young seems like the least likely player to lead the Baltimore Ravens in interceptions in 2019. However, the amount of elite talent in this secondary means that someone is going to have the opportunities. Quarterbacks will do everything they can to avoid Earl Thomas, and the cornerbacks Baltimore has will blanket his options. The most obvious candidate, to me, to be the clean-up guy is Tavon Young, and five+ interceptions isn’t out of his realm.