Baltimore Ravens: Chuck Clark has been an unsung hero

Ravens, Chuck Clark (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Ravens, Chuck Clark (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Many players have attributed to the success of the 2019 Baltimore Ravens, but safety Chuck Clark has been criminally overlooked for his contributions.

The Baltimore Ravens secondary was absolutely loaded headed into the 2019 season, headlined by their splash Free Agency signee safety Earl Thomas. Thomas was joining a secondary that had terrific talents like Marlon Humphrey, Jimmy Smith, Tavon Young, and Tony Jefferson. The unit was so deep that it was easy to overlook key role players like Chuck Clark until it needed him most.

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Clark was seen as a roster bubble candidate after being a sixth-round pick back in 2017. The Ravens have had plenty of talented safeties play ahead of Clark during his tenure with the team, which made finding meaningful snaps difficult. Still, Clark bided his time as a reserve and special teams player waiting for his chance to shine.

That opportunity finally came in 2019 after Tony Jefferson went down with an ACL tear. Baltimore called for Chuck Clark to step up and he did just that.

The 2019 season has seen Clark put everything together. Clark is playing well for being a starter, let alone being a reserve asked to step up his game. Clark simply looks like a seasoned pro on the field and a natural leader. In a secondary full of attitude, Clark has blended in perfectly.

Through 11 starts, Chuck Clark has recorded a team-high 64 tackles to go along with a sack and interception. The stat-sheet looks good, but his play and leadership on the field have been even more impressive. His flexibility in coverage and run defense has made him one of the unit’s most integral pieces for success. Without Clark, the defense as a whole would be underachieving.

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Chuck Clark has been a godsend for the Baltimore Ravens this season. Everything that he’s been able to bring to the table and replace cannot be overstated. Clark deserves some major love for his masterful season, and perhaps even a shiny new contract this offseason.