There was a time when Saints full-back Marshon Lattimore was considered one of the top young strikers in the league. During his rookie season, Pro Football Focus gave Lattimore a score of 87.7 in pass rate, the highest of any rookies that year and the highest of Lattimore’s career. After that incredible rookie campaign earned him the title of Defensive Rookie of the Year, Lattimore scored 71.7, 68.7 and 53.7, in that order. However, Lattimore experienced a bounce back in 2021, posting a coverage of 76.4, the 21st highest among qualified rotations.
You would think that type would re-establish Lattimore as an off-angle, but his raw numbers would suggest otherwise. People like to mock Trevon Diggs because give up more than 1,000 yards of coverage last season, but didn’t share the same sentiments as Lattimore, who had the second most yards in the league and scored less than a third of the interceptions Diggs did. Most Lattimore tops would point to his completion rate versus (57.4%) as a reason to be optimistic, but then turn around and criticize Diggs for allowing a 57 completion rate. ,3 on just two goals against his NOLA counterpart.
On a strictly statistical basis, more people should be hunting Lattimore than Diggs, but he’s still a favorite with the public. Lattimore is likely to be responsible for the deep throws in 2021. Full-backs like to aim for Lattimore in the deep. Later 100 angles to allow the most yards in the coverage in 2021, Lattimore has the fourth highest average target depth (Eric Stokes, Casey Hayward Jr. and Ambry Thomas). That’s not only a bad sign for his yards allowed, but also his completion percentage in comparison. You would think someone who gets thrown in that deep so often would have a much better completion rate than Lattimore.
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It’s a glove. A lunatic, and while Lattimore has had success in the past against some of these names (ie: Week 1 of 2021Adams held up to five catches, 56 yards; Week 15 of 2021Evans has up to 1 catch, 14 yards), he’s also had struggles against the likes of Cooper Kupp before 2021.
I don’t call Lattimore overrated, but he needs to prove that 2021 is not a fluke. However, a new head coach doesn’t build much confidence and with so many great receivers on his board for 2022, I wouldn’t be shocked if Lattimore allowed more meters than he did in 2021, and Diggs may not be there to carry the burden of the media bombardment this time.
Lattimore was never a hawk. The most interceptions he’s ever scored in a single season is five and that’s his rookie season. Even Diggs can get back to the revenue he coerces as people chase him, but Lattimore can’t. He has to rely on being a solid tackler in the open for self-defense, but as strict as an overarching angle, Lattimore leaves a lot to be desired. He’s the X-factor that will determine how far the Saints go in 2022. If he can’t limit that number of yards, that could spell disaster for his team.
I really believe Lattimore is a better angle than Diggs. He attaches to his receivers much more easily, and his excellent handling prevents the receivers from breaking because of the great gap after capture. However, Diggs has much better ball skills than Lattimore and without those skills, Lattimore also has difficulty limiting the big plays. They are different types of corners with similar results, but while one is viewed from a very divisive angle, the other is seen as an all-round solid and an important part of the defence. of the Saints. Please, start holding every corner to the same standard.