All Baltimore Ravens rookies were scheduled to report to training camp on Thursday, July 20. Veterans will arrive next Tuesday, July 25. Most players currently rostered by the Flock are entering the season healthy. However, the franchise might still want to bolster some of their units ahead of next season.
A few days ago, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic wrote an article in which he highlighted the left guard position as the one with more question marks about who will eventually become the starter at it.
Although Zrebiec wrote that the Ravens have "precious few starting jobs up for grabs," that's not the case when it comes to left guard. He said that Baltimore "appear to be content to have an open training competition for the job," which is not the same as saying that Baltimore needs to add new players at the position.
That, however, might not be the case when it comes to the cornerback unit. In the most recent piece he was part of, Ravens' beat reporter Zrebiec was asked by the folks at The Athletic "What non-quarterback on your team’s roster can they least afford to lose?" Zrebiec had a very sharp answer for it and didn't hesitate when making his selection.
"The Ravens are thin at cornerback with a healthy Marlon Humphrey. Without him, they’d be in big trouble. Humphrey is their best cover guy. He’s also one of their better tacklers, blitzers and turnover creators. He’s a defensive leader, too. The Ravens’ No. 2 cornerback right now is Rock Ya-Sin. Their No. 3 cornerback is someone from a list that includes Jalyn Armour-Davis, Damarion Williams, Daryl Worley, Trayvon Mullen, Ar’Darius Washington, Kyu Blu Kelly and Brandon Stephens. So yeah, subtract Humphrey from the depth chart and they’ve got problems."- Jeff Zrebiec, The Athletic
The pick is, honestly, spot on. The Ravens have had a great offseason when it comes to bolstering their offense: every skill-position player of note is returning, including Lamar Jackson, and there have been sublime additions such as those of veterans Odell Beckham Jr. and Nelson Agholor, and rookie Zay Flowers.
The defense has seen some players depart in Calais Campbell, Justin Houston, Marcus Peters, Kyle Fuller, and Jason Pierre-Paul. Perhaps the most concerning of those positions, pending new signings across the field, is the one involving the secondary and the CB unit in particular.
As Zrebiec pointed out, barring Marlon Humphrey the Ravens are looking at a cornerback corps comprised of Rock Ya-Sin and an amalgam of Jalyn Armour-Davis, Damarion Williams, Daryl Worley, Trayvon Mullen, Ar’Darius Washington, Kyu Blu Kelly, and Brandon Stephens.
Quoting the beat reporter, as it cannot be put in simplest terms: "subtract Humphrey from the depth chart and they’ve got problems."
While Humphrey and Ya-Sin remain healthy, and considering the presence and do-it-all skill set of Kyle Hamilton, there is no real and super-pressing reason for concern when it comes to the Ravens' secondary and cornerback position.
That said, the franchise would definitely do good in adding some talent to it ahead of the regular season and through the final weeks before the ball gets rolling.