Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant didn’t have the season he wanted to have in 2016. Trufant suffered a hip injury during the preseason and later suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in week nine. I can only imagine what thoughts went through Trufant’s mind watching his young, inexperienced defense lose steam late in the Super Bowl. “Gut-wrenching” doesn’t do those emotions justice.
Looking ahead to 2017, Trufant figures to play an integral, player/coach-like role in the continued development of the Falcons defense. That’s why the Falcons handed him a 5 year, $69 million extension in April. This is the last year Trufant will be paid like an average NFL defensive back. (He gets a nearly 200 percent raise in 2018.) As if we needed any more reasons to like Trufant, check out this gem Pro Football Focus floated on Twitter earlier today.
No CB was a more reliable tackler than @DesmondTrufant in 2016. pic.twitter.com/Me9kxbJYcr— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 28, 2017
He certainly made the most of his opportunities in an injury-shortened 2016. As defensive backs go, Trufant is truly the bee’s knees. There’s nothing this kid can’t do.