Falcons Get Creative in Teaching Trufant

Falcons Get Creative in Teaching Trufant

Jay Adams

Published May 29, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Offseason team activities got underway for the Falcons this week, and while there was a very solid turnout at the optional session Wednesday, the absence of first-round pick, cornerback Desmond Trufant, stuck out.

Trufant is back at the University of Washington, finishing up his degree so he can graduate before getting started here with the Falcons. Head coach Mike Smith didn’t say how long Trufant would miss, but said the team would get him in as soon as possible.

Until then, however, the Falcons are leaning on technology to make sure Trufant can stay up to speed mentally, at least. Trufant has been using video conferencing to meet with teammates and coaches to discuss anything he misses while he works toward his degree.

“He’s going to be walking and graduating with his class, which is an important milestone in his life,” Smith said. “He’s going to miss some opportunities on the field, but we’ve got a plan in place we’ve been executing. There’s lots of ways you can communicate with technology now in terms of having meetings, so every day, what we’re putting in, we’re having a meeting with him, as well. He’s getting the mental part of it. It’s just the physical part of it, the bonding part of being here with the rest of his teammates.

Trufant was with the Falcons and participated in rookie minicamp the weekend after the NFL Draft.

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