Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Carving out backup role
Kazee may get playing time on defense in 2018, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Head coach Dan Quinn said of Kazee earlier this offseason, "We will also try him some at nickel. He's a tough competitor. We really felt for the first year, we'll just put him at one spot. He found his way on (special) teams."
A fifth-round draft pick out of San Diego State, Kazee was utilized sparingly on defense during his rookie campaign, with 247 of his 411 total snaps coming on special teams. His most notable play came in the wild-card round against the Rams when he stripped the ball from Pro Bowl return specialist Pharoh Cooper, resulting in a fumble recovery that helped Atlanta seize a two-possession lead. The 175-pound Kazee will need to compete with Brian Poole and Isaiah Oliver for the nickelback job, but continued stellar play on special teams should cement his place on the roster even if he loses that battle.
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