Let’s be realistic. No offense to Daniel Jones and whatever the future holds for him, but if you can only take one player off the Baltimore Ravens’ roster and put him in a New Giants’ uniform you are taking Lamar Jackson.
Giants coach Joe Judge can talk all he wants about the respect he has for Jones. I can’t imagine he would say no if he was offered the chance to swap Jones for Jackson, a player he referred to this week as “a unicorn.”
Still, choosing Jackson as the player to take from Baltimore’s roster is too easy. So, let’s take Jackson off the table.
If you could find one Ravens’ player other than Jackson under your Christmas tree wrapped in a Giants’ uniform, who would it be?
This is not one of those weeks when there is an obvious answer. There are, in fact, strong cases to be made for a number of players.
Rookie linebacker Patrick Queen, the Ravens’ first-round pick, would look really nice in a Giants’ uni (I’m kinda partial to the all-white throwback with ‘Giants’ on the helmet).
Mark Andrews is a really nice third-year tight end who would probably catch a lot more balls in a more robust passing offense.
Matthew Judon is probably a more impactful edge defender than anyone the Giants have.
Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is a second-year receiver who would be a nice weapon for Jones.
Marcus Peters is a 27-year-old two-time All-Pro cornerback. I’m not saying no if you want to plop him into the Giants’ secondary.
Ronnie Stanley? If the 26-year-old All-Pro left tackle was healthy I would plug him in at left tackle and move Andrew Thomas to the right side without any reservations.
So, yeah, there are a slew of choices. I’m not taking any of those guys, though.
The guy I want? Marlon Humphrey, the 24-year-old All-Pro cornerback.
Humphrey was named All-Pro in 2019 when he had 3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries (2 for touchdowns), 14 passes defensed and 65 tackles.
This season, Humphrey already has an astounding 8 forced fumbles to go with an interception and 8 passes defensed.
Humphrey can play out wide, in the slot and can trail No. 1 wide receivers. he would be a fantastic complement to James Bradberry, and would give defensive coordinator Patrick Graham the ability to ply the aggressive man-to-man coverage he would really like to play.