9/30/18 - Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver (20) gets beat by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) as Green got open in the end zone to score the winning touchdown for the Bengals. The Atlanta Falcons played the Cincinnati Bengals in an NFL football game Sunday, Sept 29, 2018, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM
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Falcons’ Isaiah Oliver working at right and left cornerback 

Desmond Trufant, who went to the Pro Bowl in 2015, has been the starting left cornerback since his rookie season in 2013. 

“(Assistant coaches) Jerome (Henderson), Doug (Mallory) and the guys have really been putting in time with him staying at the line of scrimmage where exclusively we are playing him outside at the moment, both left side and right,” Quinn said. “Sometimes you want to match so you have to play both sides.”

The Falcons are counting on Oliver to take over for the departed Robert Alford, who stayed on the right side. 

If Oliver can flip sides, the Falcons could match him against bigger receivers. 

“What I’ve seen from him is his patience at the line of scrimmage,” Quinn said. “All of this length that he has, he’s really on it in that space.”

Oliver, who was a second-round pick out of Colorado, played in 14 games and made two starts last season. 

“He’s always been a really mature guy,” Quinn said. “Now he’s added the technique with the sense of maturity.”


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