Were there any positives from Falcons 17-0 loss to Jets?

John and Hugh
August 13, 2018 - 8:35 am

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Let's start by saying this: It's only a preseason game. No need to panic... yet.

The Atlanta Falcons lost 17-0 to the New York Jets on Friday night in a sloppy game on both sides of the ball. The Falcons had 10 penalties for 71-yards, seven of which came on offense. Something the team will certainly need to clean up before the start of the season.

The Falcons first-team defense forced a three-and-out in their limited action in the game. But it was second-year safety Damontae Kazee that was a bright spot in a rather ugly game. Kazee showed off his tackling ability recording 11 total tackles, nine of which were solo tackles. If his play continues to play like he did in game 1, he has a strong case to be a part of the defensive back rotation once the regular season begins. 

One position battle to focus on during the preseason is the fullback position. With the likelihood the Falcons will only keep one fullback on the final 60-man roster, the competition is on between Ricky Ortiz and Luke McNitt. Randy McMichael, who's in for the vacationing Hugh Douglas this week, liked what he saw from current front runner Ortiz during one play where TE Austin Hooper got beat inside:

"Ortiz does what a fullback does; you clean everything up. I liked it. I liked the physicality."

Rookie DT Deadrin Senat made the most of his NFL preseason debut. Playing alongside Terrell McClain, who is also competing for that vacant tackle spot next to Grady Jarrett, Senat was able to hold off blocks and even get some pressure against the Jets offensive line.

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"He was moving guys the other way," Randy said. "He didn't get moved off the ball too much."

John Fricke projects that we'll see more of Deadrin Senat in Friday's second preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Hopefully, alongside Grady Jarrett this go around.