The first weekend of 2015 XFINITY Atlanta Falcons Training Camp started on Saturday at Falcons headquarters in Flowery Branch. The players hit the field while fans watched from the hill.
Guarding Julio Jones is no easy task. However, one person that has mastered this challenging task is Desmond Trufant. The 24-year-old muscled his way in front of Jones and picked off Matt Ryan during Saturday's practice. This play electrified the crowd and heightened the level of competition for the day. Trufant who is continuously praised for his physical talent and football knowledge will be the leader of the group heading into the 2015 season.
Robert Alford lined up opposite of Trufant and has looked impressive the first two days of camp. Alford was all over the field on Friday as he had an interception when he was up against Roddy White.
After sitting out rookie minicamp, all eyes are on Jalen Collins, the Falcons second-round draft pick out of LSU. The talented rookie looks to have recovered smoothly from his foot surgery prior to the draft. Collins will be expected to make an impact right away.
"I am trying to be the best that I can be, so we can be the best that we can be," Collins said.
Collins was also quick to point out that going against Julio Jones everyday is helping him improve.
"Julio is one of the best receivers in the league. It's a challenge every time and he is just making me better. I am honored to be in competition with him," Collins said.
Phillip Adams is certainly in the mix to compete for a starting role and is playing as such. The Falcons will also look to Dezmen Southward to contribute as well.
With Trufant continuning to play an elite level and defensive-minded head coach Dan Quinn taking the reigns, the cornerbacks have the chance to play a huge impact on the defense this season.
"I have big expectations. We have talent and we have to put it together. Everyone needs to be on the same page and we can make a big impact," Trufant said.