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Ravens rookie cornerback Marlon Humphrey has stepped up in Jimmy Smith's absence

Ravens rookie cornerback Marlon Humphrey has stepped up in Jimmy Smith's absence

Cornerback Marlon Humphrey’s insertion in the starting lineup following Jimmy Smith’s season-ending Achilles injury and subsequent suspension was met with a great deal of anticipation. Less than three weeks later, Humphrey is barely being talked about at all.

For a rookie cornerback, that qualifies as good news.

“Unless you are talking about interceptions, it is good to not be talking about corners,” defensive coordinator Dean Pees joked Thursday.

Humphrey, the rookie first-round pick, has more than held his own since replacing Smith ahead of the Dec. 10 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In three games against the...

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