The NFL’s first Defensive Rookie of the Year award was given to a cornerback: Lem Barney of the Detroit Lions back in 1967. Since then, only seven other corners (and two safeties) have received the honor.
Marshon Lattimore of the New Orleans Saints joined the club at Saturday’s NFL Honors award show, winning a landslide vote over Buffalo Bills CB Tre’Davious White and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster.
Lattimore and Barney have another historical connection: With Saints running back Alvin Kamara winning the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, Lattimore and Kamara became the second set of teammates to sweep the league’s ROTY awards. The first were Barney and Lions RB Mel Farr in 1967, exactly 50 years prior. Continue reading
Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Corey White, CB, Saints (NFL) — In a Sunday night primetime meeting that was hyped as a guaranteed shootout between the Saints and Packers, one team actually decided to play defense. With Green Bay going for a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter, White tipped an Aaron Rodgers pass near the goal line that was intercepted by linebacker David Hawthorne. That set up a New Orleans touchdown, and they never trailed after that in a 44-23 victory. In the fourth quarter, White added an interception of his own. Continue reading
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Mark Parson is the exactly the kind of undersized underdog that shows like HBO’s “Hard Knocks” want to cover.
The 5-foot-9 cornerback went undrafted out of Ohio University in 2009 before getting a couple of training camp shots with the New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans, and later with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. While those opportunities didn’t lead to a regular-season roster spot, Parson has stayed in the game as a trainer and speed coach. Continue reading