Marlon Humphrey Deserves Defensive Player of the Year Conversation

Vinny & Haynie
November 07, 2019 - 10:54 am

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By Joe Schiller 

The Baltimore Ravens have an MVP candidate in Lamar Jackson, but what about a Defensive Player of the Year candidate? 

Marlon Humphrey has made his case this season.

The third-year cornerback has developed into one of the top defensive backs in the NFL. Through eight games he's totaled seven passes defensed, two forced fumbles, two interceptions, and two touchdowns.

Humphrey has scored more touchdowns this season as a cornerback than Odell Beckham has as a wide receiver. Just think about that for a minute.

Humphrey has been matched up with opposing No. 1 receivers this season and he's helped keep them in check.

Here's a look at how some noteable receivers have performed against Humphrey and the Ravens this season.

Odell Beckham: Two catches, 20 yards

Tyler Boyd: Three catches, 10 yards

JuJu Smith-Schuster: 7 catches, 75 yards, 1 TD

Julian Edelman: 10 catches, 89 yards

Tyler Lockett: 5 catches, 61 yards, 1 TD

The secondary has found stability recently, but Humphrey was one of the few bright spots during the beginning of the season as the unit struggled with injuries and inconsistencies.

Humphrey has made big plays, including a forced fumble against the Pittsburgh Steelers and fumble recoveries for touchdowns against the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.

It's not often defensive backs win Defensive Player of the Year. It hasn't happened since Troy Polamula in 2010.

Humphrey probably won't win the award, but he's certainly put himself into the conversation. 

With upcoming matchups against Emmanuel Sanders, DeAndre Hopkins and Cooper Kupp, Humphrey will have a chance to strengthen his resume even further.