Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith continued his monster season on Saturday night in a blowout win over LSU, and Crimson Tide alumnus Marlon Humphrey saw it coming.
LSU has become known for producing NFL-caliber defensive backs, but you would never have known it on Saturday. Alabama quarterback Matt Jones threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s 55-17 win over their rival. Early in the game, Humphrey mocked LSU on Twitter for being crowned “Defensive Back U” and said Smith was going to torch the Tigers.
Smith had eight catches for 231 yards and three touchdowns. He helped make the LSU defensive backfield look nonexistent, let alone live up to its reputation.
LSU has produced All-Pro NFL defensive backs like Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson, Jamal Adams and Tre’Davious White. Tigers head coach Ed Orgereon wouldn’t have wanted to hear about that on Saturday night, as evidenced by the meltdown he had on the sideline following one of Smith’s touchdowns.
The Alabama loss was about as bad as it gets for LSU, which is clearly experiencing a championship hangover. Humphrey’s tweet was merely a footnote on a miserable night for the Tigers.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens are scheduled to play on Tuesday night after their game was postponed twice due to positive COVID-19 tests. Many are surprised the game is even being played, and two players have come up with an interesting alternative to taking the field.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the NFL will not allow the Ravens to practice on Monday, which means they will now go nine days without practicing before facing the Steelers. There are also some questions about travel, as snow is in the forecast for the Pittsburgh area on Tuesday morning. Given everything that is going on, Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey suggested on Monday that Baltimore and Pittsburgh have a “virtual” game instead.
JuJu Smith-Schuster is all for the idea.
The Ravens have had more than 20 players and at least seven starters test positive for COVID-19 since last week. If there are no more positive tests on Monday, Tuesday’s game will likely proceed as scheduled.
Players have already expressed frustration over the way the NFL has handled the situation, but the goal is clearly to play the game as part of Week 12. The Steelers already had a game postponed earlier this season, so the NFL would likely have to add a Week 18 if another Pittsburgh game is moved.
Madden might not sound so bad to some of the players who are wondering what comes next.
Without access to team facilities or other gyms, many athletes have been getting creative in their training methods. Marlon Humphrey certainly did.
The Baltimore Ravens cornerback shared a video on Twitter of a workout he says he and his brothers did on Monday morning. The video showed them running up a gravel hill in what appears to be a quarry.
That is one heck of a workout, and definitely not easy. We also would not advise you try it out as it seems somewhat hazardous.
The 23-year-old cornerback was a first-round pick by the Ravens in 2017 out of Alabama. He had 65 tackles, three interceptions and 14 passes defended last year and was named All-Pro.
NFL officials continue to prove that they are almost completely unwilling to change a pass interference call or no-call that has been made on the field, and we saw another example on Sunday that illustrated how ineffective the review system has been.
Early in the first half of the Texans-Ravens game, DeAndre Hopkins appeared to be blatantly hooked in the end zone by Baltimore cornerback Marlon Humphrey. No flag was thrown, so Bill O’Brien challenged the no-call. Here’s a video of the play:
Humphrey clearly grabbed Hopkins’ jersey first and then appeared to hook him before the ball got there, but apparently that was not enough indisputable evidence for the call on the field to be overturned.
Officials refusing to overturn pass interference calls has been a theme all year, and it is clear the league only made such plays reviewable to avoid a complete disaster like the one we had in the NFC Championship Game last year. At this rate, it would not be a surprise if pass interference was not reviewable next year.
Marlon Humphrey and Odell Beckham Jr. got physical during their Week 4 game on Sunday, but apparently Humphrey tried to patch things up pretty quickly.
Humphrey said he ran up to Odell to apologize to the Cleveland Browns receiver for their scrap during the third quarter of the Browns’ 40-25 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
There is a video that seems to confirm Humphrey’s actions:
“I ran into him after the game and apologized,” Humphrey said, via the Ravens’ website. “That’s not really the brand of football I want to represent. [After] the whistle blows, it’s got to be over with.”
The altercation was initially described by many as Humphrey choking Beckham, but a video published on the Ravens’ website showed that was not the case.
Beckham did not apologize after the game but said they were heated and that’s part of what happens during a game. He only had 2 catches for 20 yards in the game and was upset he lost his earring.
Marlon Humphrey may not have choked Odell Beckham Jr when the two players got into a scuffle during Sunday’s game, and the Baltimore Ravens want to make sure people know that.
Many who watched Baltimore’s loss to the Cleveland Browns or saw a replay of the altercation between Humphrey and Beckham were left with the impression that the cornerback put his hand around Beckham’s throat when he was on top of him on the ground. However, a much clearer close-up video that the Ravens shared on their official website Tuesday morning showed that Humphrey actually had a handful of Beckham’s jersey just below his neck and throat area. In fact, Beckham threw at least one punch at Humphrey while he was grasping his facemask.
The NFL said replay officials in New York reviewed the play and determined it did not warrant an ejection for either player. When you see some of the original footage that circulated on Sunday, you can see how it appeared Humphrey choked Beckham.
Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens said he believes Humphrey should be disciplined for the act and that he planned to speak with the NFL about it.
“I don’t like seeing our player on the field and someone’s hands around his throat,” Kitchens said. “I don’t like that. I don’t think that needs to be in our game, and I would be the first to say that if it was our guy doing it.”
Based on the video the Ravens shared Tuesday, it appears neither player did that. Perhaps that is part of the reason Beckham was only concerned about a piece of his jewelry after the dust-up.
Odell Beckham Jr and Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey got into a scuffle on Sunday during which Humphrey appeared to grab Beckham by the throat, but the star wide receiver is less concerned about that and more worried about the jewelry he lost.
Beckham was asked about the exchange after the game, and he said the only thing he is “upset” about is losing an earring during the skirmish.
An official appeared to be looking right at Humphrey when he grabbed Beckham near the neck area, but no flag was thrown. Here’s a video of the exchange:
The league explained why there was no ejection on the play.
Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens was not happy about what transpired.
We know how much Beckham loves his jewelry, so it’s no surprise the earring was his biggest concern. Remember, this is the same guy who literally wore a luxury watch during a game earlier in the season. His accessories are quite important to him.
Earl Thomas will be playing for a team other than the Seattle Seahawks for the first time in his career next season, but he was able to find a way to keep the jersey number he has worn since he came into the NFL.
At his introductory press conference with the Baltimore Ravens on Friday, Thomas revealed that he will still be wearing No. 29 despite the fact that it belonged to Marlon Humphrey last season. The two worked out a deal, with Thomas agreeing to make a donation to the track team Humphrey’s mother coaches.
This certainly isn’t the first time we’ve seen two pro athletes work out a deal for a jersey number, but it’s a lot more original than some of the past agreements we have featured. If you’re going to pay for a jersey number, the money might as well go to a good cause.
Antonio Brown is not going to be a Baltimore Raven. That doesn’t mean Le’Veon Bell can’t be.
That’s the thinking of Baltimore cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who made his latest recruiting pitch to Bell on Twitter Monday.
It’s been reported that Brown, who is still under contract to Pittsburgh, would only be traded to an NFC team and definitely not to a division rival. That rules out the Ravens. Bell, who will be granted free agency, will not be subject to such restrictions, and will be the subject of a lot of recruiting pitches this offseason from players just like Humphrey who want to see their team get better with a dynamic addition.
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey was arrested in Tuscaloosa on Thursday and charged with third-degree robbery, but the rookie insists there is a reasonable explanation for why police think he was trying to steal a relatively inexpensive item.
According to an incident report obtained by Michael Casagrande of AL.com, Humphrey was arrested by University of Alabama police after he stole a $15 cell phone charger. While the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s booking information says he was charged with third-degree robbery, which is a felony, the incident report lists the act as a misdemeanor of fourth-degree theft. The incident reportedly took place in the early morning of Jan. 13 at the Hotel Capstone on Alabama’s campus, with the victim listed as a 30-year-old man. The suspect — presumably Humphrey — was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol.
Humphrey, the No. 16 overall pick in last year’s draft, told the Ravens the arrest stemmed from a “misunderstanding” and he thought the charger belonged to him.
A copy of the incident report states that Humphrey borrowed a phone charger from an Uber driver and refused to return it.
While Humphrey’s arrest certainly isn’t the most high-profile theft arrest we have seen in sports recently, it’s pretty embarrassing for an NFL player to be accused of stealing a $15 phone charger. Humphrey had better hope his story checks out.
Humphrey started five games for the Ravens this season and appeared in all 16, recording 30 tackles and two interceptions.