Kazee collected three tackles and one interception during Sunday's 28-16 loss to Cleveland.
Kazee's magical 2018 continued in Week 10, as he intercepted running back Dontrell Hilliard on a trick play and streaked down the sideline 33 yards to set up Atlanta with a short-lived three point lead in the second quarter. The Falcons secondary had been getting its act together somewhat in holding opposing quarterbacks to a 9:4 touchdown:interception ratio over the four outings prior to Week 10, but Baker Mayfield carved up the Atlanta defense with three touchdowns, zero interceptions and an 85 percent completion rate. Next for Kazee and the defensive backfield comes a matchup with Dak Prescott, who's been less than stellar overall this season, failing to exceed 275 passing yards in any of his nine starts and throwing just 1.2 touchdowns per game.
Kazee was limited for two consecutive practices to begin the week, so his full participation bodes well. The second-year pro appears on track to start against the Browns in Week 10, and will look to build upon what has been a breakout season.
It's been a breakout season for Kazee, with 43 tackles, six pass deflections, four interceptions and a forced fumble at the midway point of Atlanta's regular season slate. After registering just one start in his rookie campaign of 2017, the San Diego State standout has tallied seven starts this year in place of the injured Keanu Neal (knee). Kazee's presence in the lineup is essential for the Falcons' matchup against Baker Mayfield and Cleveland's No. 23 passing offense Sunday, but his limited involvement in consecutive practices raises concern. If he's unable to suit up, backups Sharrod Neasman and Keith Tandy are likely to see an uptick in playing time against the Browns.
Kazee tallied five total tackles, one pass deflection and one interception during Sunday's 38-14 win against the Redskins.
Kazee came down with a game-clinching interception midway through the fourth quarter, catching a Blidi Wreh-Wilson-deflected pass and dragging two feet along the sideline to secure possession for Atlanta with a 17-point lead. The second-year man commanded attention from the Falcons coaching staff with an outstanding preseason (second on team in tackles, with one interception during preseason), and he's remained a difference maker with four interceptions over his past five outings. Kazee has had a hand in six total turnovers this season for the defense, and he's tallied five or more tackles in five of the past six games heading into a Week 10 matchup against a Browns passing attack that's averaged 6.3 yards per attempt this year (30th in the NFL).
Kazee recorded five total tackles, a pass deflection and an interception during Sunday's 34-29 win against Tampa Bay.
Atlanta continues to get torn apart by opposing passers (342.6 passing yards and 3.2 touchdowns surrendered per game since Week 2), but Kazee has proven himself time and time again to be a playmaker for the banged-up Falcons secondary. Of the seven turnovers generated by the defense in 2018, Kazee has had a hand in five -- forcing a fumble, intercepting three passes, and deflecting a ball that resulted in a Deion Jones interception during Week 1. Next comes a matchup with the Giants, and an offensive line that has surrendered the fourth-most sacks in the NFL this year. If Takkarist McKinley and Vic Beasley can disrupt Eli Manning in the pocket in Week 7, Kazee may have a shot to haul in a hurried pass for his fourth interception in as many games.
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