METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - For players like Drew Brees, Mark Ingram, Cam Jordan and a handful of others, they've seen all of the ups and downs of the league. But for the younger guys, like an Alvin Kamara or Marshon Lattimore, all they know right now is winning. And as veteran tight end Ben Watson says, they have to learn how to handle these high expectations.
"Number one, listen to the advice from coaches who have been through it all," says Watson. "Number two, listen to the advice of veterans who've been through it all. Number three, understand that they are good enough to be good."
And that's probably the most important message. This year's class of rookies should hold themselves to the same standard that Lattimore, Kamara, Ryan Ramczyk and Marcus Williams did a year ago, even if the same opportunities to start right away aren't there yet.
"They are good enough to be what everybody expects them to be," says Watson. "They are good enough to be better. But in this league, you can't rest on what you've done before. I think our guys, from what I've seen so far, really understand that and embrace it."
In the case of Lattimore, the reigning defensive rookie of the year says he tunes out all of the outside noise.
"I only live up to the expectations of myself and my coaches and what my coaches want to see out of me," says Lattimore. "Anybody else, I'm just giving them a show out there from my hard work, from my training and all of that. I'm not living up to anybody's expectations but my own."