Bills-Brooding White Football

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White warms up before a preseason NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y. Six games into his rookie season, White has had a tendency to brood over his miscues rather than crow about his successes. (AP Photo/Rich Barnes, File)

The top two rookie cornerbacks in the NFL will be standing on opposite sidelines on Sunday. 

Both the Saints' Marshon Lattimore and Buffalo's Tre'Davious White are in the mix for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, deservedly so after making plays throughout the season's first half.

White, the former LSU star who went to Buffalo with the No. 27 pick of the first round, has an interception, two fumble recoveries and a league-leading 12 passes defended.

"For a rookie to have that type of contribution, especially in the cornerback position is somewhat unique," Bills coach Sean McDermott said. "Two good college players that have stepped up and made impacts in a short amount of time at this level with their respective teams."

Three cornerbacks were taken between Lattimore and White, the Shreveport native who told the Buffalo News this week that he believed he should have been the first or second cornerback taken. 

New Orleans is obviously happy with Lattimore, but the Saints like what they've seen of White on film so far.

"He has good instincts and has had a good start to his season," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "Tre’Davious is someone we liked a lot in the draft, and I think they drafted a real good player. He is very comfortable, though, up in press coverage, and I think he understands exactly what they are doing scheme-wise."

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