New Orleans Saints Cornerback Claims to Match the Pace of Tyreek Hill

Published 12/18/2020, 12:14 PM EST
Dec 13, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor (18) avoids New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) after a reception during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver, Tyreek Hill has been splendid this season. He is a living nightmare for most of the defensive backs he goes up against. This season no cornerback in the NFL has stopped him, they all have tried but have failed.

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However, there is one cornerback who isn’t petrified by the name of Tyreek Hill, New Orleans Saints‘ Marshon Lattimore. The 24-year-old feels he is on the same playing field as Hill.

He was very confident with his response when he was asked about matching Hill’s pace.

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“What you think, man? You think I can match up with him? I think I can. He’s fast, yeah. But it’s football at the end of the day. I feel like Im a great corner and he’s a great receiver. It’s a matchup,” responded Lattimore.

New Orleans Saints’ Marshon Lattimore vs Kansas City Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill

Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) celebrates his touchdown scored against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Lattimore is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. Lattimore has a minimum of 50 targets as he is one of the middle of the pack of cornerbacks if it comes to ballhawk rate.

But none of this in Lattimore’s favor. He’ll be forcing tight window targets on 17.5% of his total 57 targets, where he is the closest defender.

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However, Hill cannot be underestimated, he is a tough challenge to take on even for Lattimore. He must bring his best game out in order to just contain the high flying Chief.

The majority of the defenses have failed to do so throughout the season, as Hill is one of the best at averaging 3.4 yards of space at the time of the pass arrival and creating separation.

Lattimore might not be able to stop Hill from opening the game all by himself he might need some help to do so because Hill is getting wide open over 25% of his 119 targets this NFL season.

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It might be a game against the Saints and the Chiefs, but this time it looks a lot more like Lattimore against Hill.

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Milind Bage

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Milind Bage is an NFL writer for EssentiallySports. During his time at school, he participated in a number of spotrs at both the national and state level. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with decent experience in content writing, client servicing, marketing, and branding.

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