Marshon Lattimore transformed the New Orleans Saints' defense. Perhaps it's slightly hyperbolic to shove a huge helping of credit for the Saints' defensive renaissance onto the rookie's plate. It's also certainly not wrong to do so. The first-round pick has played at a lockdown level this season, smothering opposing teams' top receivers week after week. Officially Lattimore has five passes defended, one pick-six, and no touchdown catches allowed. The film shows an even better story. Lattimore gives zero inches in press coverage, can run step-for-step down the field with wideouts, has quick route recognition, and seemingly even quicker natural reactions to the ball. It's impressive to watch a rookie like Lattimore trust his eyes, instincts and physical talent. Where most first-year players second-guess or hesitate for a beat during a play, Lattimore plays with a fluidity and confidence rarely seen in young corners. It's coming to the point where the Saints could consider leaving Lattimore on an island. "He's a couple games away from getting that treatment where you're just by yourself and we'll go cover here," veteran safety Kenny Vaccaro told Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate this week. In fact, that's Lattimore's plan. "Of course, that's the goal. That's the goal," Lattimore said. "Like a Darrelle Revis type. Of course."
Marshon Lattimore aiming to be 'a Darrelle Revis type'
NFL.com | Oct 27