The Baltimore Ravens' loss to the Cleveland Browns stings, but all that they can do now is look for ways to get better. The team was already hoping to see a better version of their roster with some changes in week 10. What were the biggest differences, and will they stick around moving forward?
3. The Baltimore Ravens used Kyle Hamilton almost exclusively in the slot
The debate around the Baltimore Ravens all year has been whether or not the team should use Kyle Hamilton in the slot or back at strong safety. For the most part, the injuries around him have dictated his role.
In week three, injuries led him to play almost exclusively in the slot. It was arguably the best game of his career. In week nine, the return of Daryl Worley allowed the Ravens to mix and match who was in the slot, and in week 10, the return of Marcus Williams put Hamilton in the slot full-time.
The Ravens played Arthur Maulet a bit, but Hamilton almost every snap in the slot. Hamilton was great again, and he caused a pick-six to start the game.
Hamilton is consistently at his best in the slot, and while this was not their intention when they drafted him, they have to roll with it now. When the Ravens did have a slot on the field, they did sit Geno Stone and played Hamilton at safety, but this is a nickel league, so we will be seeing plenty of Hamilton in the slot.
This will get Marcus Williams and Geno Stone together at safety, which is the best group on paper. However, Stone played free safety to replace Williams, and now, with Williams back, neither is a great strong safety. Missed tackles from both was an issue on Sunday.
John Harbaugh expects Williams to get used to tackling more with his pec injury, and Stone has been progressing here. Does this continue?