Second-year Saints cornerback Corey White becomes target
With Keenan Lewis still battling through a concussion, inexperienced White knows he will get tested by Russell Wilson on Saturday.
NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints showed up to their NFC wild-card playoff game last weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles with a huge target on the side of their bus entering Lincoln Financial Field, practically begging Eagles fans to fire objects at them from the street.
During the course of the game, the target shifted to second-year cornerback Corey White.
Once Keenan Lewis left the Saints’ 26-24 win last Saturday with a concussion, White saw his assignment shift to covering Eagles speedster DeSean Jackson.
Nick Foles immediately tested White on the play after Lewis’ injury and connected with Jackson for a 40-yard reception. White also drew a 40-yard pass-interference penalty on the Eagles’ final possession as Philadelphia took a 24-23 lead two plays later.
“We all understand they’re going to come my way just knowing who I am and knowing who we have on the other side (Lewis),” White said Wednesday. “We know they’re going to come my way. It’s nothing personal, and I’m not saying I’m a bad player or anything like that. They just know it’s my first year starting in the league, and we’re coming after this guy.
“It’s common sense.”
White might be more recognized for the plays he missed than anything else in 2013.
He had his first and only interception of the season in the win vs. the 49ers in Week 11, but fumbled the ball out of the end zone while attempting to cross the goal line for a touchback.
The Saints shut down Carolina quarterback Cam Newton for most of the game, but Domenik Hixon beat White for the winning 14-yard touchdown reception with 23 seconds left.
Coming up with stops on a more regular basis is what White said he needed to improve upon heading into the Saints’ NFC divisional playoff game at Seattle on Saturday. He nearly picked off Russell Wilson on a deep ball intended for Golden Tate in the meeting earlier this season, but White dropped the ball as he hit the ground.