Matt Elam

Marlon Humphrey living up to first-round billing for Ravens

Marlon Humphrey living up to first-round billing for Ravens

NFL veterans generally resist lavishing praise on rookies.

They’ve seen too many guys flame out after an initial burst of promise, too many first-round picks who never could hack it on Sundays. Skepticism is their default setting.

Talk to Ravens players and coaches about Marlon Humphrey, however, and it’s obvious they’ve already reached a basic conclusion: This kid can play.

Humphrey, the team’s first-round pick in the 2017 draft, has played just 43 snaps at cornerback, fewer than a starter usually plays in a single game. But in that limited sample, he has confirmed everything general manager Ozzie Newsome and his staff thought they saw when they picked Humphrey 16th...

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