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Training Camp Competition: Cornerback

CB Nate Wiggins
CB Nate Wiggins

In the Hunt

  • Jalyn Armour-Davis
  • Ka'dar Hollman
  • Marlon Humphrey
  • Christian Matthew
  • Arthur Maulet
  • Trayvon Mullen
  • Brandon Stephens
  • Tre Swilling
  • Damarion "Pepe" Williams
  • Bump Cooper Jr. (undrafted rookie)
  • T.J. Tampa (rookie)
  • Nate Wiggins (rookie)

Projected Starters

Stephens was the Ravens' most consistent cornerback last season and enters his fourth year looking to show he can be one of the best in the league and earn a contract extension in Baltimore. Opposite him, Humphrey is looking to rebound after missing eight games, including one in the playoffs. Foot surgery in training camp meant a delayed start to the season, then a lingering calf injury hampered him down the stretch. A three-time Pro Bowler, Humphrey aims to stay healthy and re-establish himself as a premier cornerback who can affect the game in multiple ways.

The question is if, or when, first-round pick Wiggins will emerge as a starter. While it's a tough assignment for any cornerback to step in as a starter immediately, the speedy rookie has all the tools to take over at some point. But for whom? At the start, Wiggins will probably work into the rotation and perhaps sometimes bump Humphrey inside to nickel.

Best Battle

The competition for snaps at nickel cornerback is going to be interesting. The Ravens re-signed the scrappy Maulet after he had a strong debut in Baltimore last season. But Baltimore also wants to continue to deploy safety Kyle Hamilton in a versatile role after he played 465 snaps at slot corner last season, per Pro Football Focus. That's more snaps than he logged at free safety (301) or strong safety (236). Williams is also a feisty slot corner and Humphrey could see time there if Wiggins is deployed outside. It's a crowded spot full of good players.

Here's how the roster stacks up as the Ravens enter Minicamp at the Under Armour Performance Center.

Clifton Brown Staff Writer

Under the Radar

The Ravens drafted Armour-Davis and Williams in the fourth round two years ago believing they could grow into key players in their secondary. Both have been derailed by injuries thus far, but the talent remains. They practiced consistently throughout the summer so far, and if they stay on the field in training camp, they could both be key depth pieces. Baltimore has other young corners, such as fourth-round rookie Tampa, Swilling, and others pushing for their 53-man roster spots.

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