At the start of training camp, Desmond Trufant acknowledged he’s yet to consistently make the “big plays” necessary to put him the conversation of top cornerbacks in the league.
And according to passing game coordinator Jerome Henderson, he’s headed in the right direction to accomplish that feat.
“Tru has really had a tremendous camp,” Henderson said on Wednesday. “He played really well. He’s playing with tremendous confidence right now. He’s playing right now like one of the top corners in this league.”
In order for the Falcons’ defense to succeed in the way they hope this season, Trufant’s play and leadership will be an integral part.
Trufant is Atlanta’s oldest and most experienced player in its secondary. Heading into his seventh season, Trufant has played in 88 games and recorded 308 tackles, nine interceptions and seven fumble recoveries.
Opposite of Trufant, second-year cornerback Isaiah Oliver will take on the starting role for the Falcons. Oliver started two games during the 2018 season.
The duo of Trufant and Oliver will have their hands full on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium trying to contain Minnesota’s wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, who combined for 215 receptions and 2,394 yards in the 2018 season.