OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Marlon Humphrey should be entering his third collegiate season at Alabama. But in terms of composure, you can’t tell the difference between Humphrey and 10-year veteran Brandon Carr after the Baltimore Ravens first-round pick’s third training camp practice.
Humphrey displays a quiet confidence, whether it’s jumping a route for an interception during team drills or holding his own when matched one-on-one with one of the fastest receivers in the NFL.
Even this early in camp, Humphrey looks like he belongs at this level. It comes from his pedigree. He was a two-year starter at Alabama, where the Crimson Tide play a pro-style defense.
It comes from experience. Humphrey’s 827 snaps last season were the most by a defensive player selected in this year’s first round.
“He has a lot of things going for him that maybe other players don’t [have] coming into the league,” Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. “I think he came into this whole thing very mature and humbled.”
The Ravens obviously have no problems putting Humphrey in pressure-filled situations early. Toward the end of his first camp practice, coach John Harbaugh pulled the team aside and told Humphrey and speedy wideout Breshad Perriman to go one-on-one in front of their teammates. Humphrey, whose coverage of deep passes has been described as his biggest weakness,…
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