The secondary for the Falcons in 2018 was tough to watch the first half of the season. Giving up over 30 points a game until week 7 every opposing offense were beating us through the air. With both starting safeties going into the year going down with injuries (Neal with a Torn ACL and Ricardo Allen tearing his Achilles) we had to rely on Kazee, Jordan Richards, and Sharrod Neasman stepping up and filling in the shoes that the two players left. Both players were able to do just that Kazee finished the year tied with 7 interceptions and finished with 82 tackles on the year and was a strong vocal leader for the entire defense while Jones was hurt. Withe all three stepping up this past season its a positive sign going into next season when both Neal and Allen come back.
With backup Safeties stepping up we saw the Cornerback play go down as well this season. Trufant, Alford, Poole, and Oliver all struggled early in the season but after the bye week we saw a completely different kind of play from them. Oliver started getting more playing time (Primarily taking over for Alford), Trufant coverage got better and Poole came out aggressive and laid some big hits that we all know he’s capable of. But the lackluster of Alfords play leaves him in a tough situation for the Falcons to decide if they should keep him or try to trade him or cut him.
Season Totals: Damontee Kazee: 82 Tackles, 0 Sacks, 7 INTs, 10 Pass Deflections
Jordan Richards: 39 Tackles, 0 Sacks, 0 INTs, 3 Pass Deflections
Sharrod Neasman: 44 Tackles, 0 Sacks, 0 INTs, 4 Pass Deflections
Robert Alford: 50 Tackles, 0 Sacks, 0 INTs, 11 Pass Deflections
Desmond Trufant: 66 Tackles, 1 Sacks, 0 INTs, 12 Pass Deflections
Brian Poole: 74 Tackles, 3 Sacks, 3 INTs, 6 Pass Deflections
Isaiah Oliver: 23 Tackles,0 Sacks, 1 INT, 7 Pass Deflections
Blidi Wreh-Wilson: 4 Tackles, 0 Sacks, 0 INTs, 2 Pass Deflections
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