Atlanta Falcons: 5 reasons why the defense will bounce back

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Nov 9, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (21) and cornerback Robert Alford (23) talk against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Atlanta Falcons defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Improved secondary

Personnel wise, the Falcons’ secondary wasn’t bad last season. They were constantly being let down by the pass rush, or lack of, which gave them the nearly impossible job of keeping receivers covered for long periods of time.

In the National Football League, receivers find a way to get open sooner than later, so it’s crucial for the defensive front to put the quarterback under immediate pressure.

Atlanta boasts a top five cornerback in Desmond Trufant, and the 24 year old should only continue to get better. Robert Alford currently holds the opposite site and is winning the battle with rookie Jalen Collins. Long term, Alford could be used primarily as a nickelback with Collins going outside, but this won’t be in the short term.

Undrafted Kevin White has received some first team reps in training camp and he has plenty of potential. Phillip Adams adds good depth.

Currently, the two safeties atop the depth chart are Ricardo Allen and William Moore, although this could change at some point between now and September 14.

Overall, a few added pieces has bolstered up this unit which should perform much better with an improved pass rush in front of them. Dan Quinn will want the defensive backs attacking the football and forcing turnovers, which will be fun to watch.

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