When the New Orleans Saints schedule was released for the 2022 season, it wasn’t hard to see how difficult the matchups would be for CB1 Marshon Lattimore. The Saints signed Lattimore to an extension early in the regular season last year and know he can handle the difficult path coming his way.
As you may know, Lattimore is tasked with facing every team’s best wide receiver. He’s held his own for the most part over the years, notching a 77.3 PFF grade. Obviously, he gets bested sometimes by these threats but more often than not, Lattimore has the last laugh in these matchups.
Pro Football Focus tweeted out a graphic that put into perspective just how full Lattimore’s plate would be in the 2022 season. They mention a few of the wide receivers he’ll be going up against this year and it’s no picnic.
It won’t be an easy season for Saints CB Marshon Lattimore
The graphic lists Mike Evans, D.J. Moore, Justin Jefferson, D.K. Metcalf, Ja’Marr Chase, DeAndre Hopkins, Davante Adams, Cooper Kupp, and Deebo Samuel as the tough wideouts Lattimore will be asked to slow down this year. He faces Evans and Moore two times a year, to make matters worse.
Lattimore and Evans have been going head-to-head since 2017 when the Saints corner entered the league. This past year, Evans had just three catches for 62 yards and a touchdown against Lattimore.
Metcalf had a massive game against Lattimore in 2021, grabbing five passes for 95 yards and a score. There was certainly jawing back and forth in that one and Metcalf clearly had rattled Lattimore. It showed on those big plays too. However, Metcalf won’t have Russell Wilson throwing to him this year, so that could make that matchup a little bit easier.
Marshon Lattimore was given his five-year $97 million extension for a reason and it’s because he’s capable of slowing these big-name targets down. He’ll get another year to prove why he’s worthy of that massive contract.
Who are you most excited to see Lattimore go up against this year?
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