Marshon Lattimore’s 6 passes defensed vs. Washington tied NFL-most since 2017

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There’s a good chance Marshon Latttimore just played his best game in the NFL. The New Orleans Saints’ best cornerback looked the part against Washington, repeatedly battling at the catch point and racking up pass deflections. And he did it against a top-10 receiver in Terry McLaurin, who coincidentally played against him in practice every day at Ohio State back in the day. McLaurin’s 46 receiving yards were his ninth-fewest since entering the NFL in 2019.

By the end of the game Lattimore totaled six passes defensed, per ESPN Stats and Info. That’s impressive no matter how you slice it but let’s dig a little deeper. Last year he had 11 passes defensed in 14 games. He’s already up to 9 in four games (having missed Week 2 after hand surgery).

Illustrated another way, Pro Football Reference-Stathead found this was just the second time a player broke up six passes since Lattimore entered the NFL. Kyle Fuller last did it with the Chicago Bears on Christmas Eve 2017. They’re tied with 21 other players for the third-most passes defensed in a single game since the stat was first tracked in 1999 (two others have since recorded seven).

Funnily enough, one of those other players to accomplish this was Aaron Glenn — when he played for the expansion-team Houston Texans in 2002, defeating the Dallas Cowboys in the franchise’s very first game. Glenn helped scout and develop Lattimore when the Saints drafted him in 2017 and left for a promotion with the Detroit Lions earlier this year. So while Lattimore clearly has prodigious talents, it’s probably a safe bet that Glenn had a lot to teach him. Let’s see Lattimore continue to put those skills to good use.

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