Ravens wise to look for cornerback depth in the 2022 preseason

Ravens, Daryl Worley
Ravens, Daryl Worley /

The Baltimore Ravens may add one or two more defensive backs before the start of the 2022 season, if only to have more healthy bodies in the preseason.

On Sunday, the Ravens reportedly tried out three cornerbacks: Ken Crawley, Darryl Roberts, and Daryl Worley. Worley, of course, spent time with the Ravens late last season.

The team may be looking for more secondary depth after an injury plague took out many defensive starters last summer, most notably cornerback Marcus Peters.

Crawley, Roberts, and Worley each carry a good amount of experience, though each player’s ceiling is firmly capped and none of them will break into the starting lineup come Week 1.

Ravens would be smart to pick up a few cornerbacks ahead of preseason matchups

The news comes after head coach John Harbaugh announced that Lamar Jackson and a handful of other talented starters will sit in the Ravens’ preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday.

Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Williams will also join Jackson on the bench, leaving plenty of snaps for Baltimore’s depth pieces to get valuable minutes on the field.

At the cornerback position, rookies Jalyn Armour-Davis and Damarion Williams should get their time to shine, as should players further down the depth chart like Denzel Williams, Robert Jackson, and David Vereen.

Baltimore’s secondary corps is on paper one of the best in the league, and assuming Humphrey and Peters return to full health, the pass defense should see a major improvement in production from last year.

No one can really blame the Ravens for exercising extra caution this preseason, especially since the team already has suffered a few setbacks with player injuries in camp.

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Adding one or two extra pieces to the cornerback unit will at the very least ensure Humphrey and Peters don’t get overworked prior to the start of regular season. Players’ health is rightfully the team’s utmost priority in 2022.

*Update: The Ravens have signed Daryl Worley*