The New Orleans Saints are not strangers to the annual NFL top-100 list. Particular cornerback Marshon Lattimore who has now received this recognition for the third time in his early career.
Wide receivers around the NFL including Minnesota Vikings’ standout Justin Jefferson, Washington Football Team’s Terry McLaurin, and rival Tamp Bay Bucs receiver Chris Godwin sing Lattimore’s praises throughout the three-minute feature.
Though the 2017 defensive rookie of the year dropped ten places from #76 to #86 on this year’s list, he was still touted as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL by his peers including fellow 2017 cornerback and former LSU Tiger Tre’Davious White of the Buffalo Bills.
“Whenever you bring up the best corners in the league, [you’re going] to always have to bring his name up.”
Marshon Lattimore takes on some of the league’s top receivers beyond just the names above. The legendary battles between he and Mike Evans within the division are always must-see TV, as were his marquee matchups with former Atlanta Falcons wideout Julio Jones. Jones and Lattimore are slated to meet each other again this season despite the offseason trade that sent the 10-year receiver to the Tennessee Titans. Though the threat of A.J. Brown might demand his attention.
“I think he’s a top-five corner in this league.”
As for Terron Armstead, many (including myself) were shocked to realize that this was the first time he’d been included on this list. Despite consistently being a top two or three player at his position year in and year out, he lands on this list for the first time at #79.
“Wait till you see the replay of that touchdown,”@T_Armstead72 to @A_kamara6 during the Christmas Day game— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) August 15, 2021
T. Stead is No. 79 on the @nflnetwork's #NFLTop100 airing right now pic.twitter.com/Q9Ip9lKkGB
Good to see Armstead finally get the nod. Looks like it only took paving the way for Alvin Kamara’s Christmas-day six-touchdown game to get it done. In which he, “Turned defensive linemen into figgy pudding.” as the NFL Network voiceover put it.
Hopefully the first of many future acknowledgements for one of the best left tackles in the NFL who was credited as allowing only three sacks and 15 pressures during the 2020 regular season according to Pro Football Focus. He has also been consistently paired with his fellow bookend Ryan Ramczyk who has not yet been named on the top-100 list. Though, it’s expected that Ramczyk, the NFL’s highest-paid right tackle, will be named at a higher mark.
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