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Dan Quinn: Damontae Kazee , Jordan Richards will start at safety for now - laiyongcai92 - 11-09-2018 09:24 AM

The Atlanta http://www.authenticsatlantafalcons.com/cheap-matt-bryant-jerseyFalcons have endured a nightmarish doomsday scenario at the safety spot in 2018, with FS Ricardo Allen and SS Keanu Neal both now on IR. The once-excellent depth will now be thrust into the starting spotlight, if Dan Quinn’s Monday presser holds true. So, the plan now is for FS Damontae Kazee and SS Jordan Richards to man the safety spots, and for newly-acquired SS Keith Tandy and former safety-turned-linebacker Kemal Ishmael to slot in behind Richards. You’d figure slot corner Brian Poole will also factor in for a few looks here, particularly as rookie CB Isaiah Oliver gets more comfortable. Actually, that might work out nicely. Oliver’s growth could be a huge boost to help cover the injuries here, as it would give the team some flexibility in the slot to let, perhaps, Robert Alford fall back there and let Oliver man the outside. That’d let Poole play more safety, where he’d be a natural fit with his tackling ability. As for any new faces at the position Black Deion Jones Jersey , well, it’s a different story. So, those dreams of the team trading for star FS Earl Thomas or signing a free agent like Eric Reid don’t appear to be coming true, at least for now. The team is notoriously cagey when it comes to personnel, though the plan ahead makes sense for what Atlanta typically does under Quinn. If Kazee or Richards falters, that may of course change in the coming weeks. The Falcons are darn lucky they had the depth to withstand losing their starting tandem, even from a roster standpoint. They have options now, though the plan in place now doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence. Richards is a smart player who has made some costly errors while in Atlanta, though he could settle over time. Kazee has electrifying potential, but is still learning learning how to play with the proper level of physicality and tackle within the bounds of what the NFL allows in 2018. It’s not perfect, but how can it be when two starters go down at the same position? For now Black Grady Jarrett Jersey , this is what the team has to work with internally. We’ll see if it works, and if they’re wise to ignore adding an outside option.Falcons vs. Saints: How (and can) Atlanta stop Alvin Kamara? Alvin Kamara is a great running back. I think we can acknowledge that and still loathe him for his association with the Saints, and so we shall. The question this week is how the Falcons plan to stop him, and whether that plan will be successful.The good news is that Kamara has scuffled a bit in back-to-back weeks on the ground, with 21 carries for just 75 yards, though he’s scored twice. The bad news is that he’s doing his usual fine work through the air, with 15 receptions for 165 yards already. Were this the same crew on defense as a year ago, I’d be pretty confident. The Falcons knocked Kamara out of the first meeting in 2017—I’m not endorsing that, just saying—which meant his numbers were quite low. The second time around, Kamara managed just 2.7 yards per carry and 32 yards on the ground, though he did get seven receptions for 58 yards. That was when Deion Jones and Keanu Neal were roaming the field Black Logan Paulsen Jersey , however, and much has changed since then.How should the Falcons stop Kamara?They need to focus on him. Obviously Michael Thomas and the other Saints receiving options are plenty capable, but this secondary remains very good, and a year ago the team managed to not let Thomas kill them, even if he was quite good. Kamara needs to be priority #1, and whenever possible, he needs to have someone dedicated to keeping an eye on him.In an ideal world, that’d be Deion Jones, but Jones isn’t in this game. That means it’s probably going to fall to Duke Riley and whoever else Marquand Manuel and Dan Quinn feel can handle such an onerous task, and the Falcons would be wise to switch things up if they’re burned early. As good as Drew Brees is and as good as this New Orleans offense can be, Kamara is still the biggest single threat in this game. If they get away from paying extra attention to him http://www.authenticsatlantafalcons.com/cheap-andy-levitre-jersey , he’ll likely make them pay. Will the Falcons be able to stop Kamara? This is a much trickier question to answer. Based on last week’s performance, if Riley has coverage responsibilities for Kamara it’s going to get hairy. Riley was game but made the wrong decision too many times against the Panthers and wound up either out of plays or making miscues that turned into big plays. The Falcons are asking an awful lot of him at the moment, but they don’t really have an obvious alternative unless they’re ready to move on to Foye Oluokun already. Riley will still probably get first crack at Kamara, but chances are good he’s going to wind up surrendering some significant yardage unless he’s made a drastic leap in a single week. The Falcons could then try putting Damontae Kazee or Foye Oluokun on him, or they could really go for it and put him up against one of the team’s cornerbacks who are equipped to deal with him. That’ll likely only become an option if he’s killing the Falcons, though, which unfortunately does seem like a legitimate possibility.I think ultimately the Falcons will find a way to keep Kamara from being the primary reason they lose this game. I also think he’s going to have a strong effort overall, and this week might determine whether Duke Riley stays in Deion Jones’ job going forward or not.