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3 Takeaways From Week 1 Of Training Camp: Kazee Shining Early

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Kazee, Defense Headline First Week Of Training Camp

Week 1 of training camp is in the books for the Atlanta Falcons. Everybody reported to camp healthy and prepared to get ready for the season. There were a lot of good things that came from Week 1, but there were some that noticeably stood out. Here are 3 takeaways from the first week of training camp.

Damontae Kazee Showing Ball Hawk Skills Early

Rookie DB Damontae Kazee was a topic of discussion coming into training camp. He made the transition from cornerback to safety, and he’s looking comfortable in the role already. He took first team reps as Ricardo Allen was out for personal reasons, and he certainly didn’t disappoint.  On the second day of training camp, Kazee caught a one-handed interception that was tipped. Sunday he continued to show off his ball hawk skills with another interception. There’s no doubt that Kazee is battling for the starting safety spot, so we’ll have to keep our eyes on him moving forward.

The Defense Is Playing Angry

Another big topic coming into the first week of training camp was the defense. So far, they’re playing like it’s the regular season. Besides Kazee’s interceptions, the defense is hitting hard. Deion Jones and Keanu Neal both got a piece of Devonta Freeman last week and it didn’t sound or look pretty. You can tell early that the defense is playing with a chip on their shoulders. After what happened in the second half of the Super Bowl, they’re looking for revenge.

Jalen Collins Has Moved Down The Depth Chart

After playing a major role in the biggest game of the year, Jalen Collins has found himself getting reps with the third team defense. Many people thought that Collins would be starting for the Falcons this year, but this is a big surprise. How can someone who played so many crucial minutes not be getting meaningful reps? We knew when Desmond Trufant returned he’ll drop down, but not to the point where he’s running with the third team defense. Remember, it was just the first week of training camp so many things can develop over time.

Overall, it was a good first week of training camp for the Falcons. They look like they’re ready for the start of the season with how fast they’re moving around. They’ll be more news unraveling as the weeks go by, so stay tuned.