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Desmond Trufant Not Targeted Once In 70 Snaps

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According to PFF

FLOWERY BRANCHFalcons cornerback Desmond Trufant could have taken the day off against the New York Giants on Sunday.

New York Giants veteran quarterback Eli Manning showed Trufant an immense amount of respect. On the 71 offensive snaps, the Giants did not throw one pass in Trufant’s direction.

He was the only corner in the NFL, who played 70-plus snaps and didn’t get any action, according to profootballfocus.com.

Trufant finished with three tackles.

Here are some other nuggets from profootballfocus.com film review of the Falcons:


  • Strong showing by both tackles for Falcons in Week 2. On the 48 pass blocking snaps, Ryan Schraeder did not give up a single pressure, hurry, hit, or sack the entire game. Jake Matthews only gave up to pressures.
  • Julio Jones currently has the highest overall grade of any receiver in the NFL with a +9.0. On Sunday against the Giants, he had 13 receptions on 14 targets. His 92.9 completion percentage was the best of any WR with 6 or more receptions.
  • Right guard, Chris Chester had another good day. His +1.5 overall grade was the second week in a row he had over a 0 grade.
  • Matt Ryan had the 5th highest overall grade for QBs on Sunday.


  • Vic Beasley had a great game, after a somewhat disappointing Week 1. His +5.3 overall grade was the 2nd best of any 4-3 Defensive Ends in Week 2.
  • Ra’Shede Hagemen also had a good game at Defensive Tackle. His +1.4 grade was the second week in a row he earned a grade over +1.0.
  • Desmond Trufant was not targeted once in coverage on Sunday. He was the only corner in the NFL who played 70+ snaps to do this.
  • Ricardo Allen struggled a little bit on Sunday. His -2.9 was the 2nd worst of any safety in Week 2. He also had two missed tackles.

Special Teams

  • Matt Bosher had another great day punting the ball. His 54.6 average was the 2nd best of any punter in Week 2. He also had the second longest punt, when he boomed one 69 yards.

Looks like we found our shut down corner fellas

The hype is legit

TD hit another out the park

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People seem to be flipping out about Trufant not shadowing ODB in the giants game because of the scheme we run now. After thinking about it, it does kinda make sense. Basically double cover their number 1 receiver with a #2 CB and safety. That forces the QB to make riskier throws into tighter windows. The QB won't even risk going to the other side of the field with Trufant against their #2 WR. Thus making their offense aerial attack predictable. It just comes down to execution. (Would you rather have trufant vs odb, and they each win some battles, and also have their #2 WR potentially win/lose.... OR Trufant shut down one side of the field and play ODB in tight zone coverage and force really tight throws). ODB was never really open, most QBs wouldn't risk those throws that manning did.

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