The Baltimore Ravens got to the AFC Championship this year by having a loaded roster. With that roster, they have had to make tough decisions when it comes to playing time. It has hurt them to do it at times but also allows them to ride the hot hand. As the Ravens are now one game away from the Super Bowl, which players who helped get them there may not see as much time this week?
4. Which cornerback will sit for the Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens are going to have to bench one of the cornerbacks who helped them get to this point. Marlon Humphrey is back and healthy this week after suffering a calf injury about four weeks ago. In the time that he sat, the Ravens were able to get quality play out of Ronald Darby. Now, the team may be asking him to head to the bench despite being one of the best cornerbacks all season.
Darby is currently playing better than Brandon Stephens. Would the Ravens dare decide to bench Stephens? Stephens missed one game all season and has started since week one. He has been their most trusted cornerback from the jump. Still, this is not week one, and right now, he is their least-trusted cornerback.
The Ravens could also slide Marlon Humphrey into the slot more, which would mean benching Arthur Maulet, and also playing Kyle Hamilton almost exclusively at strong safety. Hamilton is fine as a strong safety, but his upside gets higher when he can roam into the box.
Even then, we would see less of either Darby or Stephens when the team goes to base. Who sits this week? One of the Baltimore Ravens cornerbacks has to.