One-handed CB Marshon Lattimore still playing lights-out: Saints takeaways vs. Washington

The New Orleans Saints can go into their bye week relatively happy after defeating the Washington Football Team to close out the first part of their season at 3-2.

There’s a lot to be pleased about going forward, along with the hope that a number of injured players will return.

But first, let’s take a step back and review Sunday’s game. Here are some takeaways from the Saints’ 33-22 win over Washington and what that means as they hit their off-week and beyond.

Lattimore’s surgically repaired hand not holding him back

It’s easy to forget that cornerback Marshon Lattimore has full use of really just one hand.

On Sunday, Lattimore was still sporting the cast that was put on after he had surgery for a chipped bone in his right thumb following the Saints’ Week 1 game.

For much of the game, Lattimore covered wide receiver Terry McLaurin, whom he has known since they both arrived at Ohio State in 2014. The two used to battle each other in practice.

It was a matchup he was particularly eager for, not only because of their history, but because Lattimore likes nothing more than to go against a team’s top wideout for the whole game.

“Yeah, I like that way better, lock in on somebody, do my job,” Lattimore has said.

Not coincidentally, McLaurin had his worst game of the season, with just 4 catches on 11 targets for 46 yards and no touchdowns, averaging only 11.5 yards per catch.


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