He’s also learning a new position.
A left or right outside cornerback his entire career, the ten-year veteran is learning to cover the slot. Trufant is playing “inside,” between right corner Brandon Browner and promising second-year left cornerback Richard Sherman.
“It’s a little bit of an adjustment,” Trufant told the Tacoma News Tribune. “You’ve got to see a little bit more. You’re not as focused on the wide receiver — you have to see the quarterback, you have to see the running back, and you have to see the receiver. So you have a little bigger window.”
The Seahawks reportedly played nickel defense on about 40 percent of their 2011 snaps, so it’s not as if Trufant will be a bench warmer. Coach Pete Carroll believes Trufant can excel at the new position, as Charles Woodson has in Green Bay.
“He’s picking it up,” Carroll said. “He’s really working hard at it. There are a lot of nuances about this thing that he may have never had to pay attention to before, so he’s learning kind of like a first-timer.
“But he has so much savvy and ability, we think it could be a great spot for him.”