New Orleans Saints Cornerback Marshon Lattimore
2019 Training Camp Presented by Verizon
Friday, August 16, 2019
Post Practice Media Availability
Would you say you’ve gotten what you needed out these joint practices?
“Yes, just the weather. Just being out of that New Orleans heat means everything. On our bodies, on our minds, it just feels good out here. We have been getting that work (in) too. I just feel like when we come out here we try to give our best every day and just the weather complements everything and I love it.”
Last year you said you kind of eased into training camp. Did you have a more businesslike approach or get to it approach this year?
“Of course because last year started off slow. It happens at corner, but I don't want to start slow. I don't want to start slow. You don't want to play slow at all. I want to have every season like my rookie season times 10. I’ve just got to come with a better mindset and I did do that. I'm glad we got Mike (Thomas) back. That's great work right there. Then Ted (Ginn Jr.), all the receivers are coming along and I’ve just been competing. That's all I can do. Just compete, raise my game, and raise everybody else's game around me.”
Year three is like an asterisk year, especially for cornerbacks, do you feel that? Do you feel sort of more ready that year three is the year?
“Yes, definitely. Year one, you come in not knowing much. Year two, I wouldn't say makes or breaks you, but it helps you going into year three. I started slow, but I picked it up towards the middle and the end of the season. So going into this season, I just want to start how I played at the end of the season and then raise my game every week just becoming better mentally and physically as a player. Year three is big for me, especially for any corner, anybody period. But corner is definitely big. I'm ready for it.”
How much more mentally ready are you now? Because I know you said your rookie year you kind of just went out there and did it.
“Exactly. They study you. They know your tendencies and stuff, so you’ve just got to be physically better and mentally better just knowing what's coming just things like that. We've been working on, I’ve got a long way to go like AG (Aaron Glenn), but I’ve picked up on more and more. Out here, you can tell the difference between how I react to certain things. It just comes naturally now. But I'm still trying to raise my game up to the next level.”
As a corner, how do you hide, change, or disguise tendencies?
“You’ve just got to have more things in your repertoire. You just can't jam all the time. It’s just certain things. You’ve got to mix the game up so they can’t really just get your tendencies down. Of course, you’ve got your certain things that you always go to, but you’ve just got to be able to mix it up and be comfortable mixing it up.”
Drew Brees took some guys to the racetrack last year. Is that an offensive thing?
“I think that might be offensive thing. I don't know. I don’t know anything about it.
Do the defensive players have anything set up out here in California for team bonding activity?
“I don't know. We’ll see. We haven’t thought about anything yet. We’ll probably go out to eat first, but I don't know. We’re going to see.”