With Desmond Trufant heading to a brand new dwelling in Detroit, there are some footwear to fill at cornerback and Isaiah Oliver is able to tackle his new position within the Falcons’ secondary.
The 23-year-old expressed his pleasure to step up on a video name with Atlanta media on Wednesday.
“With Tru leaving, I positively must step into extra of a management position,” Oliver stated. “There’s lots of younger guys within the room, however I’m succesful and prepared to try this. I perceive the protection very well. I perceive what the coaches need. It’s only a matter of going on the market and doing it each week.”
The Falcons chosen Oliver within the second spherical of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Oliver Bounces Again After a Tough Begin
Oliver was checked out as one of many worst NFL cornerbacks in 2019 till the second half of the season when head coach Dan Quinn handed the defensive coordinate position to Raheem Morris.
The Falcons began final season 1-7 and completed a lot stronger successful six of their remaining eight video games. Morris was capable of get gamers to deal with their individuality and what they delivered to the desk.
“Whether or not it was taking part in a sure method or taking part in a sure receiver a sure method, he needed us to be comfy with what we had been doing and actually work on that one factor,” Oliver stated. “He didn’t need everybody making an attempt to do the identical issues. We’re all several types of gamers.”
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Oliver Nonetheless Has Work to Do
Nonetheless, as one of the crucial skilled corners on the roster, Oliver has some work to do.
Oliver began all 16 video games in 2019, taking part in practically 90% of the defensive snaps. He had 62 tackles and broke up 11 passes. Nonetheless, the one factor he didn’t do all season was have one intercaption. Hopefully, Falcons’ new secondary hirer, Joe Whitt can repair that.
Oliver additionally stated on Wednesday how he’s trying ahead to working with Whitt.
“He is aware of the sport very well,” Oliver stated. “He’s coached lots of nice DBs, together with some guys who weren’t speculated to be good DBs however ended up being good DBs.”
Whitt can be coping with lots of younger bucks at cornerback, so it’ll be attention-grabbing to see the way it all performs out. However, Oliver isn’t batting a watch at the truth that these guys all have two or much less years of expertise underneath their belts.
“I’m trying ahead to the problem. We’ve talked about it a little bit bit as a gaggle,” Oliver stated. “This is a chance to point out simply how good we actually are.
“It’s a younger group, however a very sensible group. The blokes are already at a degree of understanding the protection very well even when they’ve solely been within the system for one yr. Clearly, shedding a man like Tru adjustments some issues. However I positively just like the group we’ve got.”
A.J. Terrell Headed to Atlanta
Oliver may also get to work with and present the ropes to Falcons’ first-round decide and Clemson standout, A.J. Terrell.
I stated had earlier final month, that if you look previous the championship recreation, Terrell is a promising participant who will assist the Falcons within the lengthy haul. He’s fast, prolonged, and intensely aggressive so, don’t let his one second on the large stage idiot you. There’s little question he’s going to make up for it and present Atlanta that he’s professional worthy.
Oliver and Terrell are anticipated to be the first starters with Kendall Sheffield thrown into the combination as effectively.
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