Q&A with Falcons rookie Damontae Kazee, an early training camp surprise – Atlanta Falcons News

Q&A with Falcons rookie Damontae Kazee, an early training camp surprise – Atlanta Falcons News

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Falcons are only four days into training camp, but several players are turning some heads – and a lot of people are noticing.

One of them is rookie defensive back Damontae Kazee, a fifth-round pick out of San Diego State, who’s living up to the ball-hawking reputation he established in college.

It’s safe to say the 5-foot-11, 174-pounder has made his presence felt with multiple pass break-ups and interceptions.

On Sunday, Kazee picked off quarterback Matt Ryan on a deep ball intended for tight end Joshua Perkins. And on Friday, Kazee hauled in a tipped Ryan pass for his first interception in camp.

Kazee’s play has also caught Ryan’s attention, too.

“I think our young guys have a done a good job,” Ryan said. “They’re aggressive, learning the system. The one thing you see is great effort. I mean, going after the ball non-stop. They give great effort towards the football, so I’ve been impressed with what they’ve done.”

On Sunday, I sat down with Kazee and asked him to grade his four days of training camp, the transition from college to the NFL, playing multiple positions and what he plans to do during his off day.

Question: What do you think about all of the big plays you’ve made in camp so far?

Kazee: “I’m excited, I’m just out here trying to make the team better, make my brothers happy. They do their job, I’ve gotta do my job.”

Q: If you had to grade yourself, what letter grade would you give yourself?

Kazee: “Obviously I’d grade myself as not where I need to be at right now. I still need to progress. I’d give myself a ‘D’ right now.”

Q: Overall, how…

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