Don't panic: 4 fixes for a Ravens defense without Kyle Hamilton

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3. Bringing back the reinforcements: Damarion "Pepe" Williams

You might have forgotten but the Ravens recently activated Damarion "Pepe" Williams off Injured Reserve a few days ago on the deadline for them to do that, clearly indicating their plans for the defensive back going forward.

Had Baltimore not added Williams to their 53-man active roster last Tuesday, he would have been ineligible to play for the remainder of the year (including the regular season and the playoffs), which is enough for me to think the Ravens have something in mind for him and his role within the defensive unit going forward.

Williams, a fourth-round draft pick from the 2022 class, has only appeared in 14 games throughout his career, all of them played during the 2022 season as he's yet to make his debut in the 2023 campaign. That could come as soon as Sunday, mind you, considering Humphrey's middling health and Kyle Hamilton's potential absence.

Perhaps the fact that Jacksonville doesn't have any tape to study on Williams ahead of this weekend's matchup helps the case for the sophomore to make a surprising debut in a pivotal AFC game in Week 15. Perhaps the Ravens think that's risking their biscuit more than they should, though.

In any case, Williams is coming off a rookie season in which he played 14 games (none of them starting, mind you) and racked up 24 tackles to go with a couple of deflectd passes. Williams would man one of the outside cornerback positions and he can also be very valuable on special-team plays, where he took 134 snaps (37%) last season.