What will Baltimore Ravens secondary look like in 2023?
The Baltimore Ravens have made plenty of shuffling in their secondary this off-season, and things will be different for sure. First, Marcus Peters and Chuck Clark are gone. Next, Kyle Hamilton is poised for a big step in year two, and Brandon Stephens is changing positions for the second straight offseason.
So, what are the most likely possibilities?
Outside Options: Marlon Humphrey, Rock Ya-Sin, Kyu Blu Kelly, Jalyn Armour-Davis, Trayvon Mullen, Daryl Worley, Corey Mayfield, Jeremy Lucien
Slot Options: Kyle Hamilton, Pepe Williams, Kevon Seymour, Daryl Worley, Ar'Darius Washington
Safety Options: Kyle Hamilton, Marcus Williams, Brandon Stephens, Geno Stone, Jaquan Amos
Baltimore Ravens base defense look
If we assume that Rock-Ya Sin is the leader in the clubhouse to replace Marcus Peters because he is making the most money, then it will be Ya-Sin, and Humphrey on the outside. Kyle Hamilton will not start at strong safety, replacing Chuck Clark, and Marcus Williams will keep his role at free safety,
Baltimore Ravens nickel look
This is where things may change, and the switch for Brandon Stephens to safety will matter. Kyle Hamilton may be the player who slides into the nickel, so he is back where he was effective last season. This allows the team to replace Peters with Ya-Sin then Clark is swapped for Stephens. In nickel, the other three players will stay where they were last season, but in base, Hamtilon will slide back to strong safety and take on a bigger role.
Baltimore Ravens dime look
One of the benefits of Roquan Smith is that you do not go to dime as much, but they also will go thin on the defensive line to add some defensive backs as well. This is where the team can get really versatile.
Because Worley is bigger and can play the slot, and Pepe Williams is smaller and can play the slot, both could find roles in this look based on the speed, size, and ability of the personnel across from them. The versatility of Hamilton would once again come into play, as he would slide into the dime backer role, and Brandon Stephens would once again be the strong safety.
However, they also could slide Geno Stone on the field, and he has typically been in the dime backer role. So, Stone plays dime, and Hamilton stays in the slot. From there, they can rotate Stephens, Hamilton, and Stone because all could play the slot or safety from this look.
The big question from here will be how often do they go to dime, and do they look to Worley, Stone, or Washington in the role? This could change week-to-week and even series-to-series.
Next, they will see if Rock Ya-Sin can earn the outside spot, or if the competition brought in can come up strong.