Originally posted on cover32 - Falcons  |  Last updated 7/18/14
With training camp starting a week from now, one component of the Falcons unit to keep an eye on is the secondary. The Falcons could definitely use some fine tuning in that department, especially considering they finished in the bottom ten in the NFL last season in passing yards allowed. There are high expectations for the secondary heading in to camp. Falcons’ secondary coach Tim Lewis will work extremely hard to ensure this corps of young defensive backs meet or exceed those expectations. Lewis himself was a cornerback who was a first-round pick in the 1983 NFL Draft that excelled at that position in his short career in the league. Lewis led the Green Bay Packers in interceptions for two seasons in the 80’s. One of his interceptions was a 99-yard pick six that remains the team record for longest interception return. Now it is up to Lewis to help mold this Falcons’ young secondary into a solid unit through development in training camp. Headlining this talented secondary is Desmond Trufant who is looking to expand on his successful rookie campaign with an even more impressive sophomore season. Trufant finished his rookie season with 70 tackles, 17 passes defended, and two interceptions and was named to the All-Rookie Team. These numbers attest to his incredible vertical leap and effective press cover skills. Another player in the secondary unit to obviously be on the lookout for is safety William Moore, who two seasons ago was named to the Pro Bowl. He, like Trufant, has impressive cover skills. Moore is also a dominant force in neutralizing the backfield and getting pressure on the quarterback once he is put into the box. Opposite of Moore at the free safety position, Falcons’ off-season signee Dwight Lowery could also prove a significant spark to this re-emerging secondary. The question is can Lowery endure training camp and remain healthy throughout the course of the season. Lowery’s season ended prematurely last season after he was placed on injured reserve as a result of sustaining a concussion with Jacksonville. If Lowery can remain healthy alongside Moore, this dynamic duo could be the most lethal combination of safeties in the league. Other members of the secondary to be aware of come training camp are: Robert Alford, second round pick for Atlanta last season, who is the projected starter at left cornerback. Josh Wilson, 2014 offseason acquisition for Atlanta, who is projected to be used primarily in nickel situations. Javier Arenas, primarily a special team guru but solid cover corner, who will compete with rookie Ricardo Allen for the second spot on the depth chart for right cornerback behind Trufant. Dezman Southward, the rookie from Wisconsin, who has made a name for himself during rookie minicamps and has his work cut out for him as far as competing with Lowery in training camp to obtain the starting free safety position. It will be an intriguing training camp for the Falcons starting next week. The performance of the secondary during camp and the regular season would perhaps be one of the most compelling stories not only for Atlanta but the NFC South collectively.     You may also be interested in:Significance of the Atlanta Falcons’ secondary in 2014If the Atlanta Falcons fail to make the playoffs, who will be the fall guy?5 ways to kill the last offseason weekend: Watch the Julio Jones show
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
2017 NFL Mock Draft
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Fairley appears to take cheap shot at Stafford

Gronkowski releases statement, has no plans to retire

Sean Payton unhappy about Brandin Cooks trade rumors

Report: Jeff Fisher signed two-year extension with Rams

Report: A 2015 investigation led to Kevin Wilson’s departure from Indiana

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Houston denies report that Art Briles is candidate for coaching position

Draymond Green defends himself again after kicking Harden

WATCH: Video of Pirates Jung Ho Kang car crash that led to arrest

Rob Gronkowski placed on IR, ending his season

Everything you need to know for CFB Championship Week

Steve Kerr admits using marijuana to treat chronic back pain

Best of Yardbarker: CFB Championship Week chaos

Five teams on upset alert in NFL Week 13

Sporting life: Gifts for real fans (that aren't ugly NFL sweaters)

New faces help Spurs continue unparalleled success

The Pirates prepare for rarely chartered waters in dealing Andrew McCutchen

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Box Score 12/2: High-kicking it into the weekend

Jeff Fisher is the unkillable cockroach of NFL head coaches

Four teams to keep an eye on at the 2017 Winter Meetings

Eugene Monroe opens up about NFL’s drug policy

Ideal MLB offseason blueprint for every team

Eight NFL teams facing must-win games in Week 13

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Sporting life: Gifts for real fans (that aren't ugly NFL Christmas sweaters)

New faces help Spurs continue unparalleled success

The Pirates prepare for rarely chartered waters in dealing Andrew McCutchen

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Everything you need to know for CFB Championship Week

Jeff Fisher is the unkillable cockroach of NFL head coaches

Four teams to keep an eye on at the 2017 Winter Meetings

Porzingis reshapes Knicks by elevating his game

TailGreater: Your championship week playlist is set

Clarification: Why the rules near the crease need to be fixed

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker