Baltimore Ravens Stock Report: Who’s hot, who’s not Week 2
On Sunday, the Ravens visited the Houston Texans in a Sunday afternoon battle. Looking ahead to week three many players were hot and just a few were not.
Leaving week two with a 33-16 win over a good Houston Texans team was impressive, but more than that, there were some individual performances that were put on. Lamar Jackson and company came out of the gates firing, throwing the ball early and letting the defense do their thing. The team entered the game 1-0 and left 2-0 with a Monday night matchup with the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs on the horizon. So without further ado, let’s see what the stock report is heading into week three.
Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters:
It would be hard to discuss the impact these guys make, without mentioning the other. This week may have been the final notice to the league to not mess around with this duo playing cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens. If you try to throw against them, bad things will come. Even with Tavon Young going down with a knee injury, Humphrey and Peters both forced turnovers and were very busy for the day.
Humphrey, the Ravens first-round draft pick back in 2017 has elevated his game year after year. Last season, he was a First-Team All-Pro and this season is starting to look no different. When watching #44 play, he looks to be much more than a cornerback. Humphrey is an elite run stopper for being a cornerback and is always looking to make a hit like a safety. Even with these traits, it’s hard for receivers to find success against him. He has speed and can run with any receiver in the game. In week one, this duo shut down Odell Beckham Jr. and this week the duo shut down Will Fuller after he had eight receptions in week one. Humphrey had a huge play that led to a touchdown this week after Deshaun Watson completed a pass to Keke Coutee, Humphrey came in and punched the ball out, L.J Fort picked up the ball and was able to run it back for a touchdown and that was an early game difference-maker.
Peters, or otherwise known as “MP Juiceman” showed off why he is so highly regarded and made a diving interception. This interception was especially impressive, watching Peters fully extend and make the catch while making contact with the ground and still be able to get up and get some more yards. Since his arrival, he has been an impact player and has made five interceptions in just 14 games with the Ravens. Peters effectively shut down the Houston offense, helping hold them to just 16 points. What Peters provides most though is his ability to keep plays in front of him. Since becoming a Raven, Peters has not frequently gotten beat deep and that was extremely essential this week with a Quarterback like Watson and his fast receiving core.
Looking forward to week three’s Monday Night Football game. The Ravens will rely heavily on Peters and Humphrey to lockdown the speedy receiving core of the Chiefs. They also are going to be without Tavon Young, so these two will need to help cover without him. Peters and Humphrey thus far have been great at shutting down opposing number one receivers, stopping Tyreek Hill and company next week will be priority one. Thankfully, this duos stock is extremely high right now.