Trufant Watching Samuel Closely

Posted Jul 5, 2013

Falcons rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant has learned plenty already facing off against the Falcons' wide receivers. But this year's first-round pick is also watching a cornerback that he considers a Hall of Famer closely.

He impressed at rookie minicamp in May and kept impressing at veteran minicamp in June. It's been an impressive start to Desmond Trufant's rookie year, but what he's most impressed with is all the talent around him.

Trufant said facing Pro Bowl wide receivers on a daily basis has been an eye-opening experience, helping prepare him for the kind of talent he can expect to face in the NFL. The Falcons' first-round draft pick this year also has some talent to watch at his own position to help him get better. A veteran of 10 seasons, Asante Samuel is one of the best in the game and Trufant's been paying attention.

“He’s definitely going to be in the Hall of Fame one day," Trufant said of Samuel. "You can always learn from a guy like that. His instincts are off the charts. He plays the ball so well. I’m going to take whatever I can from him.”

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Although he missed some of the offseason training activities while finishing up his degree at the University of Washington, Trufant and the Falcons used communication technology to help ensure the rookie didn't get too far behind. Two of Trufant's older brothers have played in the NFL and their influence on him likely helped him get through that period of disconnect. Trufant counts his brothers among a number of influences that have helped him understand the importance of film study and the need to do it frequently.

“My brothers, my family, have helped me a lot and my coaches in the past as well," Trufant said. "I try to learn from as many people as possible and use it to my advantage. I’m always preparing in the film room, definitely.”

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That late started hasn't slowed things much for Trufant. At the close of minicamp he said he felt like he was getting used to things in Atlanta and as a rookie but he knows that comfort level has to translate to the field. 

"Everything is going smooth now," Trufant said. "I've just got to perform."

Performing in warm weather is one of the adjustments Trufant is making in Atlanta. After growing up in the state of Washington and playing college football at Washington, Trufant said the weather in Atlanta is quite different.

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