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#1 atljbo

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 12:09 AM

Im not going to post all these insider articles... I just have to post this tho because ppl are over reacting about hearing the rooks getting beat



Deion Sanders critiques young Falcons cornerbacks


FLOWERY BRANCH —

Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders was an interested onlooker at the Falcons’ practice Friday.

He’s in town for a youth football weekend and made a point of bringing the teams out to visit the Falcons, where he also did some preparation work for his in-season job with the NFL Network.

Sanders, 45, who started his career with the Falcons after being selected with the fifth overall pick in the 1989 draft out of Florida State, and went on to play for four other teams. Sanders, an eight-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl winner, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

While on the field with the coaches, Sanders studied Falcons rookie cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, who to the casual fans watching the open practice on the hill appeared to struggle.

After chatting with coach Mike Smith about the team and the young corners, Sanders granted an exclusive interview to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“I like them,” Sanders said. “They are aggressive corners. They are going to make some mistakes. They are going to do a lot of things right as well.”

Trufant and Alford showed they are not used to the speed of NFL receivers. They both were beat on some deep passes while Sanders watched.

Fans on the hill were tweeting about the plays and some were alarmed. Sanders was not.

“It’s a maturation process,” Sanders said. “Thank God, (the Falcons) have a great offense that will afford them the chance to mature without every play being a matter of life and death.”

Sanders was fine with Trufant, the team’s top pick, requesting to wear his No. 21 21 jersey.

“That’s a sign of respect, first and foremost,” Sanders said. “I like the kid. I really do. I like both of them. (Alford) is nice. It’s hard to see which one is the best. You can’t go by where they were drafted at. These guys are on an even keel. They are good young corners. They have a tremendous upside.”

Trufant was the 22nd player taken in the draft. Alford played at Southeastern Louisiana, an FCS college, and was taken in the second round (60th overall).

The Falcons made a major draft-day trade with the St. Louis Rams to move up seven spots in the first round to select Trufant.

After letting three of their top five cornerbacks leave after last season, the Falcons needed to restock the position. They were high on Trufant, who starred at the University of Washington and comes from a NFL football-playing family.

Trufant, who’s 6-foot, 190 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds at the NFL scouting combine. Alford, who’s 6-foot, 186-pounds, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds.

Trufant is expected to compete for the starting right cornerback position. Alford is not out of the picture and could earn time in the revamped secondary.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan also believes the young corners have had a good start to camp.

“They are doing a great job,” Ryan said. “That’s part of playing that position. You are going to get beat from time to time, especially against the guys that we have. They made some plays out there today.”

Ryan pointed to some specific plays.

“For lack of a better word, they (expletive) me off a little bit a couple of times,” Ryan said. “They tipped the ball around. Trufant had a nice interception along the left sideline earlier. I like what I’ve seen out of them.

“They are doing a great job. I’m fired up that we have them. They both have a lot of swagger, and they talk. I like that. I like that from defensive guys. I think they fit in really well, and I think they will do a great job.”

Trufant seemed to struggle early in practice. Alford was beaten on the last two plays, first by Julio Jones and then by Roddy White.

“Those young corners are going to be learning under fire,” Smith said. “Every play is a learning experience for them, and they’ve got to put previous play behind them and move on. That’s what a corner has to do. They are going against two of the best wide receivers in the NFL.”



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#2 Monoxide

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 12:12 AM

Seems that everyone is saying Alford and Trufant are dead even. Will Trufant get the nod over Alford on draft position alone if they are still considered even come week 1? Should be a good battle.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 12:20 AM

I could be wrong but it seems like reguardless of what they are actually saying, people are more impressed with Alford

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 12:21 AM

Once Brees torches Trufant for over 200 yards, I hope they give Alford the job.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 12:23 AM

They need to pay Deion to be our secondary coach

#6 Sun Tzu 7

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 12:35 AM

They need to pay Deion to be our secondary coach


We would probably need to pay him Matt Ryan money to be the secondary money.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 12:59 AM

Once Brees torches Trufant for over 200 yards, I hope they give Alford the job.


Once Trufant picks off Brees twice, then Alford will get his pick 6.

A win/win for both.


Seriously, why so much hate on Trufant Falconine?

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:00 AM

Once Trufant picks off Brees twice, then Alford will get his pick 6.

A win/win for both.


Seriously, why so much hate on Trufant Falconine?

he's looking for something to whine about

#9 Falconsfan567

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:00 AM

Sanders, 45, who started his career with the Falcons after being selected with the fifth overall pick in the 1989 draft out of Florida State, and went on to play for four other teams.

I read that sentence 3 times just shaking my head at how bad it is written. Seriously. Does the AJC not have editors to make sure things like this don't happen?

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:02 AM

Sanders, 45, who started his career with the Falcons after being selected with the fifth overall pick in the 1989 draft out of Florida State, and went on to play for four other teams.

I read that sentence 3 times just shaking my head at how bad it is written. Seriously. Does the AJC not have editors to make sure things like this don't happen?

it is DLed you know

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:05 AM

he's looking for something to whine about


Yeah I figured that.

He is never content about anything.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:09 AM

it is DLed you know


Yep. LOL. My mom didn't even make it past 9th grade and can right a better sentence than that.

#13 King Jigsaw

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:11 AM

Sanders, 45, who started his career with the Falcons after being selected with the fifth overall pick in the 1989 draft out of Florida State, and went on to play for four other teams.

I read that sentence 3 times just shaking my head at how bad it is written. Seriously. Does the AJC not have editors to make sure things like this don't happen?


I did the same thing. I was like "Uhh.. where's the rest of the sentence? All the build up for nothing!"

And then there was this..

The Falcons made a major draft-day trade with the St. Louis Rams to move up seven spots in the first round to select Trufant.



30 - 22 = 8, not 7

#14 DawnOfThemBirds

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:11 AM

Sanders, 45, who started his career with the Falcons after being selected with the fifth overall pick in the 1989 draft out of Florida State, and went on to play for four other teams.

I read that sentence 3 times just shaking my head at how bad it is written. Seriously. Does the AJC not have editors to make sure things like this don't happen?


That is D-Led at his finest.

If that is his best, just Imagine how horrible the quality of D-Leds reporting is at its worst.

Falcons need a new beat-writer.

#15 King Jigsaw

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:11 AM

Yep. LOL. My mom didn't even make it past 9th grade and can right a better sentence than that.


Write*

While we're on the subject, haha. Just busting your balls.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:12 AM

Seems that everyone is saying Alford and Trufant are dead even. Will Trufant get the nod over Alford on draft position alone if they are still considered even come week 1? Should be a good battle.

I think this regime has shown recently that the best man will get the job if he makes plays. Last year McClain wasn't a blip on the radar when we signed him, but he kept making plays and that was why we could afford to let Grimes go and sign Osi. I think the days of JA'98 are over. That kind of thinking will get coaches fired. (see REx Ryan in a few months)

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:19 AM

Then again, I think Snelling should of been starting over Turner by seasons end. So who knows, there is plenty of sh*t I thought our staff wouldn't be dumb enough to do, like running clock early in the 3rd qtr with a 2 score lead when the passing game was unstoppable. So who knows.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:28 AM

Write*

While we're on the subject, haha. Just busting your balls.


I was doing my best DLed impersonation. LOL!

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:29 AM

Then again, I think Snelling should of been starting over Turner by seasons end. So who knows, there is plenty of sh*t I thought our staff wouldn't be dumb enough to do, like running clock early in the 3rd qtr with a 2 score lead when the passing game was unstoppable. So who knows.


Continuing to start Peria Jerry even though the run defense was much better in the couple of games Travian Robertson started in.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 03:10 AM

We have the same problem on offense.

Reciever 1A and 1B.

Now corner 1A and 1B.

Love it.