Maybe Desmond Trufant should have held out, after all.
Before the rookie first-round cornerback can ever play in a game of pro football, he’ll be spending hours chasing around two of the best receivers in the league during practice. The same goes for second-rounder Robert Alford.
According to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the process began Friday, with Trufant “victimized” by receiver Julio Jones in one-on-one drills. Both Trufant and Alford will be charged in practice with trying to stop Jones and Roddy White.
“Those two guys are going to have tough days every day,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said of his rookie defensive backs, via Cunningham. “Those are two of the best wide receivers in the league. It’s good for us.”
It’ll make Trufant and Alford better when they face other receivers, but the ultimate goal will be for the entire defense to become good enough to help the Falcons hold postseason leads of 20 points (which they blew against the Seahawks, before rebounding) and 17 points (which they squandered quickly the next week against the 49ers).