If anything is going well for the Baltimore Ravens this season that's roster construction, development, and simply finding gems where they ain't. And one of the clearest examples is Baltimore's secondary.
In the latest showcase roster depth, the Ravens have just released cornerback Kevon Seymour while aiming at brining back both Marcus Williams and Daryl Worley. Yet even without those two presumed starters, the Ravens still have one of the best defenses in the nation halfway through the regular season
Now, with the return of these playmakers, Baltimore will have to have the best problem on Earth: how in the world make room to use all of them at once in the secondary!
Geno Stone, who started the season as a clear backup, is now leading the NFL with five interceptions and a record that matched Ravens Legend Ed Reed’s tally for the first eight games of a season.
Speaking to reporters at The Castle this week, Stone acknowledged the great problem posed to the Ravens: "You can’t have too many good guys. It’s always a good problem."
Coach John Harbaugh highlighted the team's commitment to building a deep roster on Thursday, as he thinks such "strength in numbers" will enable the Ravens to weather possible challenges in terms of availability that might come later this year and into the playoffs.
Looking ahead, the Ravens have the luxury of choosing between Marcus Williams, Kyle Hamilton and Geno Stone as their starters at safety.
Hamilton, in his second season, has elevated his game with three sacks, 42 tackles, and one interception. Stone, a 2020 seventh-round pick, is enjoying a career-best season with five interceptions and five pass deflections.
The emergence of Stone and Hamilton should allow the Ravens to ease Williams' return, prioritizing his full recovery rather than rushing him back into action.
When Williams is fully fit to play and available to hit the field at 100 percent, then the Ravens might want to shuffle things a bit by either showing three-safety schemes or simply moving Hamilton to his second-best role as the nickel corner on defense.
Whatever the case, the Ravens have an embarrassment of riches on defense and that's without even mentioning the linebacker corps, which also leads the NFL in sacks but has missed the two on-paper starters as penciled in back in August in Odafe Oweh and David Ojabo.