NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the New Orleans Saints are expected
to sign veteran cornerback Desmond Trufant. The Saints brought in Trufant for a
tryout on Monday.
Desmond Trufant, who turns 31 on Sept. 10, spent the 2020 season with the Detroit
Lions after playing his first seven years with the Atlanta Falcons, where he won Pro
Bowl recognition back in 2015. But injuries slowed him down and he has only
appeared in 15 or more games in the last five years.
The Saints are running so thin at cornerback that he’s worth a look. They only
have three true cornerbacks on the roster as it currently stands between Marshon
Lattimore, Ken Crawley, and Paulson Adebo with four others milling around on
practice squad. Having someone with Trufant’s experience might be beneficial after
Patrick Robinson suddenly retired this summer.
We may just have to overlook him being a former Falcon, should the Saints sign him?
challenging as that may be. In other ex-Falcons news, running back Devonta Freeman
tried out for the Baltimore Ravens on Monday after the Saints released him in final
roster cuts last week. Baltimore is looking for help after losing backup Justice Hill to
an unfortunate Achilles injury in practice.
Trufant joined the Chicago Bears this offseason. He was surprisingly released last week.
Over the previous three years, he’s allowed 62.5% completion percentage when
targeted, giving up 10 touchdowns while intercepting 5 passes. He had a career-high
4 interceptions in 2019 while with Atlanta.
The 6-feet and 190-Lb Trufant has had injury issues over the last two seasons,
missing 17 of the last 32 contests.
When healthy, he’s a physical defender with the
athleticism to stay with most receivers in man coverage.
Trufant will join Pro Bowler Marshon Lattimore, rookie third-round choice Paulson
Adebo, and veteran Ken Crawley on the Saints depth chart at cornerback.