5 Minutes With Justin Tryon

Washington Redskins CB Justin Tryon continues to believe in his team and his head coach as the team prepares for their weekend matchup against the Falcons. Learn more about the second-year player's development and outlook in this exclusive interview with Scout.com's Ed Thompson.

Ed Thompson: Talk about your development as an NFL cornerback since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. What have you learned and where do you think you've seen the most progress?

Justin Tryon: Basically, what I've learned from being in the NFL is that each and every week you just have to be on top of your game. You have to learn to learn the package of that week, you have to learn the receivers that you are guarding, what routes they run the best, how they come in and out of their breaks, learn what the opponent is trying to do to you each and every play.

Thompson: With the team still trying to find its groove, I've got to believe that it's a time of opportunity as the team looks for the right mix of starters who can provide them with more consistency.

Tryon: Of course, I can only speak for myself, but I go out every day, give a good look and just do what I have to do. Whether it's on special teams, whether it's nickel coming in for a few plays, I want to be out there and be around the football.

Thompson: You worked with Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green during this offseason. What are some of the top tips that he shared with you that you've already seen pay off for you on the field and off the field?

Tryon: I've got to say my footwork--just how fast my feet are and my recovery. These receivers are fast. I don't always know where they're going, so sometimes I'm actually out of place. But my footwork is so much better than last year, so I believe my footwork puts me back in the position to make a play.

Thompson: Share some of your impressions of your last game before the bye, the Monday Night Game against the Eagles.

Tryon: For the first five minutes it was kind of frustrating, and then after that it got fun. I was extremely excited throughout the game. Even though we didn't make the plays we wanted to make and the Eagles made big plays, I believe it was actually a good game.

Thompson: The team is 2-5, but your average margin of loss is just 6.4 points per game. That's a positive in that you're not getting manhandled, but it's also got to be a bit frustrating to be that close and not be walking away with more wins.

Tryon: It is frustrating, but as you know, we've got some problems on offense and I feel like the defense just has to keep doing what it's doing and just pull together each and every play. Honestly, this game, I felt like the defense figured something out. We have to have that mindset of just making plays--it's on us. We are the bigger brother and the offense is our little brother and we have to pick them up.

Thompson: You practice against this offense. What do you think it's going to take, what tweaks are they going to need to maybe find their groove and get rolling?

Tryon: Honestly, I don't know what we need on the offensive side of the ball. I don't know what it is or who it is, I'm behind them 110%. But what we're doing right now isn't working. But this last game we did get into the end zone and we were moving the ball against these guys.

Thompson: Your head coach, Jim Zorn, was really under fire for a few weeks. How big of a distraction was that for the team? And share just a few of your thoughts about Coach Zorn and what he brings to your ball club.

Tryon: For the players, we just go in and take the game plan and do what we have to do each and every week. So that didn't really bother the players. From day one, I've been behind Coach Zorn and I will keep being behind Coach Zorn.

Thompson: Tight end Chris Cooley is out with an ankle fracture. Tell us something that the fans might not know about him, but that you've observed while practicing with him over the past year and a half.

Tryon: He is a great guy. He runs his routes and knows how to get open. He knows how to use DBs' leverage against themselves. He is a good matchup for a linebacker. Cooley is good.

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