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Desmond Trufant's technique key to his success with Falcons

Desmond Trufant, one of the most talented young cornerbacks in the league, expects to be with the Falcons well beyond 2017. Grant Halverson/Getty Images

What specific skill set or technique has enabled you to succeed against some bigger receivers in your two pro seasons?

Desmond Trufant: Honestly, it's really more just about your technique. The bigger guys, you can get your hands on them more. Typically, the bigger receivers, we're usually faster than them, so we've got to use our feet, use our speed and make sure they don't get in positions where they can box us out and use their bodies. Just staying in front of them and using your hands, pretty much. It really doesn't matter if they're big or small. If you're not in position, you're not going to be able to make the play.

How would you describe your playing style?

Trufant: I know speed is one of my strengths, and sometimes I kind of play too fast. So I'm just trying to control my speed [and] be patient. I'm just trying to focus on the small details in my technique: footwork, hand placement, things like that. It's coming.

How would you describe the differences between Mike Smith’s defensive scheme and Dan Quinn’s attack?

Trufant: I think we were more of a multiple package last year [under Smith]. This year, it’s single high. It’s primarily single high with a couple of switch-ups. There’s a lot of different rush packages. They switch the defensive line out. They have rushes, then they have run-stoppers. Both systems work, but this is what we’ve got going this year. It’s going to be good for us.

You matched up against Josh Gordon and Kelvin Benjamin the past season. Do you expect to do the same this year against the likes of Dez Bryant, T.Y. Hilton and Benjamin?

Trufant: I don’t really think so. It’s probably all about the game plan. It depends on whom we’re playing. But for right now, I’m just on the left side. That’s where I’m working. Whatever they need me to do, I can do it. Whatever they need me to do, I got it.