It was announced to day that former Seattle Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant has reunited with former Seattle defensive coordinator in Jacksonville.
The Seahawks originally selected Trufant with the 11th overall pick out of Washington State way back in 2003.
Trufant has always been a favorite player of mine. Part of that is because he’s a Coug, but mostly it’s because he’s always been a great teammate in Seattle. I can remember Trufant working with Richard Sherman back in 2011 training camp, helping Sherman fix some of the technique flaws that plagued him in college.
Trufant had to realize that by helping Sherman, that he was potentially costing himself his own job down the road, but that didn’t stop him. That kind of selfless act is just too rare in today’s NFL.
Trufant’s best days as a player are behind him, but he showed in 2012 that he might not be done as a contributor in the NFL. His +1.9 rating by Pro Football Focus demonstrates this, but it also shows that Trufant is far from being an elite CB now.
Trufant was mis-cast as a slot corner in 2012 with the Seahawks. The back injuries that have plague his career have also sapped some of his agility. At this point in his career, Trufant needs to have a boundary on the outside to help him. He simply didn’t have the quickness necessary to play inside.
I’m not exactly sure what role Trufant plays with the Jaguars. Perhaps he’s just a veteran camp presence who’s there to help the other defensive backs learn the system. I just hope he gets a chance to make the roster. He’s a good guy, and I’ll miss watching him play if this is the end for him.