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27 Damontae Kazee SS

Atlanta Falcons

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September 25, 2020 08:56 PM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Full speed ahead
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kazee (hamstring) won't carry an injury tag into Sunday's game versus the Bears, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

While Kazee was a limited participant during practice Thursday and Friday, he's good to go for Week 3. Expect the fourth-year safety to start in Sunday's game after recording 12 tackles (11 solo) through the first two weeks.

September 24, 2020 07:56 PM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Limited practice status
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kazee (hamstring) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Kazee missed Wednesday's practice session with a hip problem, but it was a hamstring injury that limited him Thursday. The fact that he was upgraded is still a positive sign for his chances to play Sunday against Chicago. If he's forced to miss Week 3, Ricardo Allen (elbow) or Sharrod Neasman would be in line for the start at free safety.

September 24, 2020 12:04 PM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: No practice Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kazee did not participate in Wednesday's practice due to a hip injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Kazee has only missed six percent of defensive snaps through two contests, so it's possible that the Falcons are simply allowing him a day of rest. The starting free safety will have two more opportunities to return to practice ahead of Sunday's game against the Bears.

September 22, 2020 12:44 AM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Leads team in tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kazee recorded eight tackles (seven solo) across 77 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys.

With Ricardo Allen (elbow) sidelined for the contest, Kazee was relied on even more than normal, playing in 94 percent of the team's defensive snaps. His eight tackles led the team, a performance he'll look to duplicate next Sunday against the Bears.

August 28, 2020 12:52 AM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Heading into contract season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kazee says he is "not worried" about his next contract, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

The 27-year-old has exceeded expectations for Atlanta, starting 29 contests over the past two seasons and missing zero games since entering the NFL as a fifth-round pick in 2017. Kazee demonstrated play-making ability during 2018 when he tied Kyle Fuller and Xavien Howard with a league-best seven interceptions, but during 2019 he became more reliable in coverage. Kazee allowed a passer rating of just 66.3 when targeted last season (compared to an 82.1 rating during his breakout 2018 campaign) and he also improved his missed tackle rate from 13.7 percent to 12.9 percent. With a third consecutive strong season, Kazee would surely command a new contract from the Falcons or another team in search of a hard-hitting, turnover-creating safety.

April 20, 2020 12:08 PM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Staying at safety
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Dan Quinn said Kazee will stay at safety moving forward, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

The Falcons moved Kazee from free safety to slot corner last summer, eventually switching him back in late October. He finished the year with 14 starts in 16 appearances, piling up 74 tackles and three interceptions on 803 defensive snaps. D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution expects Kazee and Keanu Neal (Achilles) to sit atop the depth chart at safety whenever the Falcons are able to practice, while Ricardo Allen (shoulder) projects as the nickelback.

March 13, 2020 12:48 AM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Earns performance-based bonus
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kazee was awarded a $202,885 performance-based distribution Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

The 26-year-old defensive back has substantially outperformed his rookie deal, and he will be well positioned for a lucrative new contract at the end of 2020 if he maintains the level of play he's established the past two seasons. Kazee has accumulated 10 interceptions, 13 pass deflections, two forced fumbles and 156 tackles since the start of the 2018 campaign, and during this upcoming season will see his base salary escalate from $645,000 to $2,147,000 before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

January 4, 2020 12:20 AM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Collects three INTS during 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kazee collected 69 total tackles, three pass deflections, three interceptions and a forced fumble across 16 appearances for the Falcons in 2019.

Coach Dan Quinn intended to deploy Kazee as the team's primary nickelback this year, but an early-season injury to Keanu Neal (Achilles) forced him to shift Kazee back to his 2018 position of safety. Kazee was an X-factor in 2018 while collecting 10 pass deflections and an NFL-high seven interceptions, but this season, he endured drastic declines in each category while the Falcons improved from 28th to 22nd in pass defense. The 26-year-old remains under contract with Atlanta for one more season before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

December 9, 2019 01:04 AM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Three forced turnovers spark win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kazee compiled three tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble during Sunday's 40-20 win against the Panthers.

The 26-year-old defensive back played an undeniably pivotal role during Atlanta's Week 14 victory, as Kazee's three forced turnovers led directly to two separate Falcons scores. With another noteworthy outing Sunday he now has a hand in four takeaways over the Falcons' past four games, heading into a Week 15 matchup against a San Francisco offense that ranks tied for 18th in the league with 19 giveaways thus far in 2019.

November 19, 2019 05:44 PM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Nabs INT Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kazee racked up three tackles (all solo), a pass defended and an interception in Sunday's win over Carolina.

Kazee broke into the interception column for the first time this season. He was on the receiving end of a wayward Kyle Allen pass late in the fourth quarter to effectively end the contest. If the 26-year-old can continue to see 87 percent of defensive snaps on a weekly basis like he did Sunday, Kazee will likely establish himself as a viable IDP option. He'll face a juicy matchup against the Buccaneers for Week 12, as Jameis Winston is coming off a four-interception performance versus the Saints.

October 21, 2019 10:52 AM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Nose for football against Rams
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kazee racked up eight total tackles, including two tackles for loss during Sunday's 37-10 loss to the Rams.

The 26-year-old defensive back has garnered praise from coach Dan Quinn regarding his play as Atlanta's primary nickelback this season, and Sunday he stepped up with a goal-line tackle on Cooper Kupp that helped force Los Angeles into settling for a second-quarter field goal. Kazee was also capable of keeping star slot receiver Kupp relatively in check, containing him to six catches for 50 yards on the afternoon. In Week 8 he will be tasked with helping slow down a Russell Wilson-led Seahawks passing attack that has yielded more than 260 passing yards in four of its past six games.

October 10, 2019 09:04 PM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Full participant Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kazee (concussion) was a full participant at Thursday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Kazee was forced out of Week 5's game against the Texans with a concussion, but looks to be trending towards playing Sunday against the Cardinals. However, if Kazee is ultimately ruled out, Bildih Wreh-Wilson and Kendall Sheffield figure to see larger roles in the Falcons' secondary.

October 10, 2019 05:04 PM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Limited despite concussion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kazee (concussion) was listed as a limited participant for Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Kazee left Sunday's game against Houston with a head injury, and, as evidenced by this news, was diagnosed with a concussion. The fact that he was able to practice in some fashion is a positive sign for his recovery. If Kazee can't go Week 6, Kendall Sheffield and Jordan Miller would be the likely candidates to rotate into the Falcons' secondary.

October 6, 2019 03:28 PM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Departs with injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kazee (head) is being evaluated for a head injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

This was specified as a head injury instead of a concussion, although the latter is still possible. While Kazee is on the sidelines, expect Kendall Sheffield and Jordan Miller to rotate into the Falcons' secondary.

October 6, 2019 12:12 PM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Active in Week 5
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kazee (illness) is active in Sunday's Week 5 tilt against the Texans.

Kazee managed to work back from the illness that robbed him of the last two days of practice during the week. The third-year safety will assume his usual role in nickel packages for the Falcons against Deshaun Watson and the Texans' passing attack.

October 5, 2019 11:36 PM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Status uncertain for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kazee (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Texans.

Kazee missed practice on Thursday and Friday after falling ill, so he has two more days to shake this sickness. Although he's not an every-snap corner, Kazee has a consistent role in nickel packages. If he's unable to get healthy in time, the Falcons will turn to either Jordan Miller or Kendall Sheffield to fill in since Blidi Wreh-Wilson (groin) has already been ruled out.

October 4, 2019 07:40 PM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Misses practice with illness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kazee (illness) was unable to suit up for Thursday's practice session, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

Head coach Dan Quinn has been complimentary of Kazee's performance at nickelback to this point in the regular season, a bright spot for a Falcons secondary that for a second straight year has endured injuries woes and put forth a collectively inconsistent effort. With Keanu Neal (Achilles) out for the season and second-year man Isaiah Oliver struggling on the perimeter, Atlanta gave up three touchdown passes to Tennessee's Marcus Mariota -- a quarterback with a combined one touchdown throw between Weeks 2 and 3, and just 13 total scores in 14 appearances last year. Kazee's status for Week 5 has not been confirmed, but his presence would be a huge plus as the Falcons face Houston's Deshaun Watson and his 6:1 TD:INT ratio.

September 2, 2019 05:04 PM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Sheds non-contact jersey
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kazee (ribs) is not wearing a non-contact jersey at Monday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Kazee suffered the rib injury during the third preseason contest and has since been limited, but he appears ready to go for Sunday's season opener at Minnesota. The 26-year-old tied for the league lead with seven interceptions last season and is expected to work as the Falcons' nickel cornerback in 2019.

August 16, 2019 08:16 PM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Dodges bone fracture
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kazee (ribs) exited Thursday's 22-10 loss to the Jets with an injury, but avoided any broken bones and is considered day-to-day, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

After enduring 13 games last season without Keanu Neal (knee-ACL) or Ricardo Allen (Achilles) available to play, it was a haunting sight to behold Kazee attempting to rush off the field, only to fall to the ground with an apparent rib injury. He planted Robby Anderson on his chest while executing a third-down tackle, and did not return to action after being shuffled to the locker room by trainers. Thankfully for Atlanta, Friday examinations indicated that the 2018 NFL interception leader has a chance to recover in time for the team's Week 1 matchup against Minnesota.

August 15, 2019 11:32 PM
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Steers clear of structural damage
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kazee left Thursday's game against the Jets due to a rib injury, though he didn't suffer any broken bones, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

The details surrounding Kazee's injury are unclear at this point, though it's positive news that he avoided structural damage. He's likely headed for further testing to uncover the extent of his injury.

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Career Defensive Stats
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2019ATL161474462803532203
2018ATL1615816021075433010
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Total5133194 133.061 01010733013
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
5-11/174
Birthdate:
6/5/1993
Age:
27
Hometown:
San Bernardino, CA, USA
School:
San Diego State
NFL Experience:
4
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