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New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) awaits the snap as he squares off against Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Freddie Martino (16), Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Fla.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The NFL's best cornerback always pays attention to the league's best new talent at the position, and Patrick Peterson liked what he saw out of Saints rookie Marshon Lattimore this season. 

Peterson, like Lattimore, racked up honors in his rookie year in Arizona, earning both All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors, although he lost out on Rookie of the Year to Denver's Von Miller. 

When the veteran finally got a chance to meet the rookie at the Pro Bowl last week, Peterson had one piece of advice for Lattimore to follow in the former LSU superstar's footsteps.

"Man, the success that he had early, all he can do is just build on it," Peterson said. "Don’t be complacent. Continue to find ways to continue to get better, each and every year."

Finding a way to sustain success at cornerback is harder than other positions; left alone on an island, a player's flaws get magnified. 

That's why Lattimore must keep getting better. 

"You’ve got to remember that the year you had before, guys are watching that," Peterson said. "You’ve got to come back with something different than what they’ve been looking at on tape from the previous year. He’s a guy that looks like he wants to take the bull by the horn."

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