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Ravens secondary listed as tops in NFL

The Baltimore Ravens have invested heavily in their secondary over the last few years. Injuries robbed the Ravens of their two best defenders last season. 

Cornerbacks Marcus Peters (torn ACL) and Marlon Humphrey (torn pectoral muscle) are back to lead the secondary this season. They’ll be bolstered by the free agent addition of local product Kyle Fuller.

Baltimore is also deep at safety after selecting Kyle Hamilton with the 14th overall pick in the 2022 draft and signing former New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams. Hamilton and Williams join Chuck Clark to complete the Ravens’ secondary. 

Pro Football Focus ranked Baltimore as the NFL’s top secondary.

“The Ravens simultaneously have some of the most question marks heading into 2022 from a health perspective while also possessing the highest-end elite potential,” PFF’s Michael Renner wrote. “Four of their five starters have earned top-10 grades at their respective positions at some point over the past four seasons. And this list doesn’t even include rookie first-rounder Kyle Hamilton, who will undoubtedly factor in heavily.”

The Ravens were last in the NFL in passing yards allowed last season. Their focus during the offseason was to improve the secondary to ensure they don’t finish at the bottom of the league this season. 

Baltimore also drafted cornerbacks Jalyn Armour-Davis and Damarion Williams in the fourth round to add youth to the backend of the defense. The rookies have already impressed head coach John Harbaugh. 

“They’re doing a great job,” Harbaugh said. “Those guys [are] very, very knowledgeable. They have a great feel for the game: leverage; spacing; their eyes are in the right spot most of the time; they’re smart; they learn; they have good feet, and they have good ball skills. I think those guys are doing a really good job. They’ll play this year. They’ll play well.”

New defensive coordinator Mike McDonald will have a lot to work with in the secondary which will help make up one of the best defenses in the league.

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