The Baltimore Ravens will have huge decisions to make this weekend in the AFC Championship. It looks like Marlon Humphrey is fully healthy, so he will be returning to the starting lineup for the first time since week 16.
What could the Baltimore Ravens secondary look like in the AFC Championship
The difficulty of this is that Ronald Darby has been great in the past three weeks, and honesty has been good all season. Should the Ravens bench one of the hottest cornerbacks in the NFL? There are a few ways that they could go here.
First, they could bench Brandon Stephens. This is tough because Stephens played since week one and got them here with a surprisingly excellent season. However, his last four or five games have not been up to par, and Darby has been better in the past three weeks. If anyone should sit, it would be Stephens.
They could also push Humphrey into the slot. This would mean that he may get matched up with Travis Kelce more, which is exactly what they should want. It would also push Kyle Hamilton back to strong safety, which they have tried to do in recent weeks because Geno Stone is struggling in that role.
Darby and Stephens would play outside, and Hamilton and Williams at safety. Then, Humphrey is in the slot.
Lastly, they could platoon Humphrey with Darby. Or, at times, push him into the slot as well and completely mix things up. The versatility of Humphrey and Hamilton, plus the Ravens' confidence to play both Darby outside and Arthur Maulet inside, allows them to go in a lot of different directions with this secondary. We will have to keep an eye on what they do.