One of the more interesting notes from recent weeks is that Geno Stone's play is declining for the Baltimore Ravens. It makes sense when you consider he was at his best when he was replacing Marcus Williams, so he is not as good as a piece next to Williams.
Could the Baltimore Ravens bench Geno Stone against the Los Angeles Rams?
Stone is best suited to play free safety, and he had five of his six interceptions when Williams was out, and he was starting in that role. Stone is not as good as a strong safety and has more missed tackles, coverage issues, and fewer plays on the ball since he had to move into the box more to play the new role.
The Baltimore Ravens could let Stone work this out, but they have the pieces to do something else about this. The team has Arthur Maulet, but Pepe Williams is practicing and will return either this week or next week. Ar’Darius Washington is not far behind him.
The Ravens will have to debate whether to play Kyle Hamilton in the slot and keep Stone at strong safety, or they could put Hamilton back at strong safety, thus pushing Hamilton back to strong safety.
Then, Williams could start in the slot. While Hamilton has been excellent in the slot, the yards that Keenan Allen, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and Amon-Ra St. Brown picked up on Baltimore in the slot could have been prevented with a better man-corner in that role.
So, they could improve in coverage in the slot and improve in tackling at strong safety. They would lose out on all of the game-changing things that Hamilton can do near the line of scrimmage, and it is unfair for Stone, who played so well and is a top Pro Bowl getter, to be benched at this point, but it also makes sense from the Ravens point of view.
We will see if this comes against the Rams or if Cooper Kupp and Puka Nacua getting work in the slot will force their hands.