Since he entered the league in 2017, Atlanta Falcons security Damontae Kazee has been saving his sport checks with the intention to purchase his dad and mom a brand new home sometime.
Kazee, 27, would possibly be capable to do this sooner somewhat than later as he is getting into the ultimate 12 months of his rookie contract. He says he is “not nervous” about his subsequent contract although. Proper now, he is targeted on the upcoming season hoping every part will care for itself.
“Actually, I simply wish to get on the market and play,” Kazee stated. “It is going to work out both manner. I am getting a home for my dad and mom so it would not even matter.”
The Falcons drafted Kazee within the fifth spherical of the 2017 NFL Draft and instantly modified his place. Kazee performed cornerback at San Diego State and recorded 240 tackles, 17 interceptions and 29 go breakups in his four-year profession. Falcons coach Dan Quinn envisioned Kazee as a free security in his protection together with his imaginative and prescient and skill to make performs on the ball.
In 2018, his second season with the Falcons, Kazee completed in a three-way tie with Kyle Fuller and Xavien Howard for essentially the most interceptions within the NFL with seven. He established himself not solely as a starter in Atlanta’s protection, but in addition among the finest gamers within the league in creating turnovers. Kazee has recorded 13 go breakups and 10 interceptions within the final two seasons.
Though he is most precious in the course of the sphere, he may play within the slot. The Falcons featured Kazee at nickel cornerback for 3 video games earlier than transferring him again to security when Keanu Neal was positioned on injured reserve in late September.
Kazee’s fiery and aggressive persona has gained over his head coach and teammates. He would not depend on outdoors elements to encourage him and that is a part of the rationale why he is climbed the Falcons’ depth chart as shortly as he has.
“From a motivation standpoint he is a hell of a competitor,” Quinn stated. “Whether or not it is a contract 12 months or not, his commonplace of going for it has all the time been on level. His pace coming [from] the center of the sphere [is what] units him aside. That is the place a few of his ball abilities and vary actually takes over. He actually sees the ball effectively.”
If Kazee places collectively one other season that resembles his final two, he’ll probably be rewarded with a sizeable second contract. This is able to make it simpler for him to satisfy his objective of having the ability to purchase his dad and mom a home in his hometown of San Bernardino, Calif.
Because the third-oldest of 4 boys, Kazee noticed what his dad and mom sacrificed so they may get pleasure from one of the best childhood attainable. That included little league soccer funds, tickets and outfits for promenade for 3 youngsters in a single 12 months, commencement robes and tickets, simply to call a couple of examples. Kazee desires to verify his dad and mom know the way a lot he appreciates what they did for him and his brothers.
“I am a giant household man,” Kazee stated. “It is time for them to take a seat down and simply calm down, they have been working their butts off since I used to be youthful paying for me and my brothers. It is time for them to take a seat down and luxuriate in it.”
For Kazee to stay being profitable in Atlanta’s protection, protecting issues so simple as attainable shall be vital. With a knack for making performs and a aggressive hearth inside, Kazee would not must complicate what he already does effectively. In actual fact, it is the other of what he desires to do.
“Soccer is remedy for me,” Kazee stated. “Once I get on the market, I am simply having enjoyable.”