FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons need new leadership on defense, and coach Mike Smith says second-year cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford fit the job description perfectly.
Coming off a 4-12 season that ended with their defense ranked last in third-down efficiency, second-worst against the run and third-fewest in sacks, the Falcons still have unfulfilled leadership roles at several positions.
But that's not the case at cornerback.
Trufant and Alford are showing a healthy dose of swagger in training camp, particularly after meeting expectations as first- and second-round draft picks in 2013.
The Falcons' defense struggled last year as linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, defensive end Kroy Biermann and defensive tackle Corey Peters were injured and cornerback Asante Samuel and safety Thomas DeCoud fell out of favor with coaches.
---
AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Recent NFL Discussions

Applause to D Trump on Wed, Dec 2016 by Michael Cash
Pick Wiz Plays for 12/7 on Wed, Dec 2016 by PicklePicks3600
NFL Betting News and Notes Week 14 on Wed, Dec 2016 by Blade
Football Newsletters Week 15 on Wed, Dec 2016 by Blade

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Texans vs. Colts Pick The Colts racked up plenty of points in their previous game but is the under the best play when they host the Texans this Sunday?
Thumbnail Bengals vs. Browns Pick Can the Cleveland Browns find a way to compete with the Cincinnati Bengals when the two meet up this Sunday?
Thumbnail Steelers vs. Bills Prediction Will this Sunday's AFC matchup between the Steelers and Bills turn into a high-scoring affair at 1:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Chargers vs. Panthers Pick Will the Carolina Panthers and San Diego Chargers have a shootout when the two meet up on Sunday at 1PM ET?
Thumbnail Raiders vs. Chiefs Pick Is the under a good bet to cash on Thursday night when the Chiefs host the Raiders at 8:25PM ET?
Advertisement

NFL Team Pages