The New Orleans Saints cornerback corp is one of the best in the NFC and is led by a top-ten talent in Marshon Lattimore.
Projected to be the NFC’s best team, the New Orleans Saints are looking to build on their stellar 2018 season. Finishing 13-2 through 16 weeks, the Saints secured the conference’s top seed although they ended up losing to the Rams on that controversial pass interference no-call.
That said, when you look at this team, it’s the offense that immediate jumps off the page and that will again be the case in 2019. Of course, when you have Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Drew Brees, their dominance will immediately draw any fan’s attention.
However, it’s the team’s defense that helped stabilize them in some outings last season. One of the main staples of that defense was Marshon Lattimore, who helped lead the team’s underrated secondary.
Marshon Lattimore, the third-year cornerback from the Ohio State University, broke out as a star cornerback immediately after entering the league.
Lattimore was recently ranked as a top-ten cornerback entering the 2019 season by Pro Football Focus, one of the most respected names in football media. He finished 2018 as the No. 16 ranked cornerback.
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Here’s what PFF said about the Saints top corner which they ranked the ninth-best in 2019.
Lattimore has earned an 88.7 coverage grade over the last two years in the league, and he figures to be a difference-maker at the position maker for years to come. Since 2017, the former Ohio State corner has allowed a passer rating of just 68.8 on throws into his primary coverage – fifth among cornerbacks with at least 100 targets in that span.
Sitting out the team’s first preseason game, we have yet to get a glimpse of Lattimore this season. After the Saints ranked as a bottom-five team in coverage through their first game, it looks like Lattimore’s experience will come in handy.
Well, Lattimore and maybe a fully stocked defense will do the trick. Overall, Lattimore should be captaining a solid secondary this upcoming season. While it won’t solely fall on Lattimore, the corner will have a huge impact on the team’s overall defensive success this season.
Let’s hope year three is just as good as year’s one and two. If he’s at the top of his game, the Saints will be an absolute force on both sides of the ball.