3 Questions worth asking after Day 8 of Ravens training camp: Is there a new RB1?

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2. Is Baltimore loaded at safeties but shallow at cornerback?

Defensive Coordinator Mike Macdonald talked to the media following Thursday's walk-through practice and he gave their flowers to safety Kyle Hamilton and rookie corner Kyu Blu Kelly. Even if you're not very well versed, though, there is a sizable gap in talent between those two players.

The former played mostly in a nickel-corner role last season and excelled at it but is expected to move to the safety slot in 2023 on a full-time basis. The latter hasn't really shown that much progress in climbing the cornerback pecking order, with veteran Rock Ya-Sin still in possession of the CB2 role opposite Marlon Humphrey.

It might be a little bit of a stretch to say the Ravens are "loaded" at safety as they basically have Hamilton, Marcus Williams, and a combination of Geno Stone, Brandon Stephens, and Ar'Darius Washington.

But it's even crazier to think that the Ravens can expect to fully contend without a real top-tier CB2 to deploy opposite Humphrey unless you consider Rock Ya-Sin that player--who he definitely is not.

If Hamilton ends up having to move to take snaps at the nickel CB spot once more, that's not quite the problem because Stone/Stephens can cover for him.

If Humphrey moves to that nickel position, though, issues might be much bigger. Let alone, of course, if Rock Ya-Sin's current injury is aggravated at some point, or he simply can't keep up with some solid production.