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Marlon Humphrey becoming closer for Ravens defense late in season

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He is not on Ed Reed’s level yet, but Marlon Humphrey wants to try. 

After his first interception of the season sealed Baltimore’s 20-12 win over Tampa Bay, the former Alabama star returned with a game-clinching pick off Chargers’ quarterback Phillip Rivers on Saturday in a 22-10 victory. Humphrey’s coach, John Harbaugh, mentioned that the first-round pick (2017 NFL Draft) is playing at “a high level” following the win over the Bucs. 

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He recorded three tackles and was responsible for one of two picks in keeping the Ravens at the sixth and final seed for AFC playoffs. Humphrey held one of the hottest signal callers in the National Football League to a quarterback rating of 30.2. He was also credited with two pass breakups, bringing him to a team-high 16 on the year.

The 6-foot, 197-pound cornerback is also tied with Brandon Carr with two interceptions (team high) and accounts for 37 total tackles. 

He was snubbed of a Pro Bowl invite; however, Humphrey eyes being a potential All-Pro selection and leading a dangerous defense into the postseason. For now, the Ravens stand at 9-6 and will finish the regular season at home next week against the surging Cleveland Browns.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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