FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons’ defense just got another player who can run, hit and cover in cornerback Isaiah Oliver.
The son of a former world-class decathlete, Isaiah Oliver’s athleticism jumps off the tape. During his three years at Colorado, he recorded 32 pass break-ups. One of the main areas of emphasis in Falcons coach Dan Quinn’s defense is the ability to generate turnovers and take the ball away, and Oliver has shown he’s a difference-maker. .
Oliver says that stems from focus on doing the little things right.
“My athleticism a long with my refined technique,” Oliver said. “That’s something that I’ve always worked on these last three years. The little things, whether that’s stance at the line of scrimmage, where I have my eyes, where I have my arms. Just little things like that I try and make as crisp as possible to help me on game day.”
Based on what he knows about the Falcons’ defense, he thinks he’ll fit in just fine.
“I know they pride themselves on physicality and being fast,” Oliver said. “That’s something I feel like I can fit right into, especially playing at the line of scrimmage on different receivers. I’m ready to hop right in and get to work.”
Quinn has often said that he can never have too many cornerbacks in his defense, especially with the amount of time they spend in their nickel package. Oliver says he’s spent more time playing on the outside rather than inside, giving the Falcons another cover guy behind Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford.