2. Could the Baltimore Ravens play Marlon Humphrey in the slot when he returns?
This option could get tricky, and may not happen this week, but on paper, this is the Baltimore Ravens' best option. They should try to bring back Marlon Humphrey and work him into the slot. For his career, Humphrey has 1,557 snaps in the slot.
It is mainly a feature, as he is at his best on the outside. Still, as more elite receivers moved into the slot, it was for the best that Humphrey could follow them in there. Now, it may be able to help the Ravens.
When you think of their cornerback room they now have depth on the outside. At least more than in the slot. Rock Ya-Sin and Ronald Darby are both coming back from serious injuries and both are being eased into the mix. However, at some point, they both may be able to log a full game of snaps.
Beyond those two is Brandon Stephens. So, Marlon Humphrey is better than all of them on the outside, but Humphrey can play the slot, and they cannot. The question is, would you rather have Humphrey and one of Darby or Ya-Sin outside, and then Maulet in the slot, or would you rather have Darby or Ya-Sin on one side, Brandon Stephens on the other, and then Humphrey in the slot? Humphrey would play outside in two cornerback sets which once again could limit the snaps of Daby and Ya-Sin.
The latter sounds better. Beyond that, it involves minimal shifting. If Humphrey played outside, he is bumping someone and changing things; with this, they needed a slot, and Humphrey jumped right in.