Desmond Trufant – Cornerback
Desmond Trufant got off to a great start in 2019. He only allowed one completion against him in the team’s first two games and appeared to be returning to form as a top 10 NFL cornerback.
Trufant also intercepted Carson Wentz twice in week two. He is a major reason for the team’s only win of the season.
Yet the wheels have fallen off for Desmond Trufant. He was torched by Tennessee Titans rookie A.J. Brown for a 55-yard touchdown in week four. He was also victimized by Will Fuller of the Houston Texans in week five.
Desmond Trufant has sat out the last two ballgames with a toe injury. If the injury isn’t serious he can help a contending football team in spite of his shortcomings. Tru is a solid cover cornerback that would thrive on a team with a good pass rush. Atlanta should pull the trigger on a deal as soon as possible.
Tyler Davidson – Defensive Tackle
Tyler Davison was acquired by the Atlanta Falcons in free agency from the rival New Orleans Saints. He was surprisingly signed to a one year contract worth slightly less than 900,000 dollars.
The affordable contract that Tyler Davison signed has certainly turned out to be the team’s best bargain of the offseason. Davison currently grades as the number 18 interior defensive lineman in the NFL.
Tyler Davidson’s value lies as a run defender. In fact, he and Grady Jarrett do such a good job, that teams have focused on attacking the edges when running the ball against Atlanta. Certainly, a team with championship aspirations can use such a player.
Now that Mohamed Sanu has been traded, the Atlanta Falcons are clearly sellers in this year’s trade market. What remains to be seen is how many players than the team will move, and how many draft picks will come back in return.
Thomas Dimitroff should use this trade deadline to stockpile draft picks in both the 2020 and 2021 drafts. The Atlanta Falcons GM should approach this fire sale as if his job depends on it. The results of how he handles this situation could very well determine his future, at least it certainly should.
The Atlanta Falcons don’t need to completely clean house, as the aforementioned keepers are the building blocks for this franchise. However a philosophy change and the rebuilding of many units is certainly in order. Unfortunately, this season is done in terms of making the playoffs, so all we have to look forward to is the future.