Atlanta Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley had a decent rookie season last year as he became a stand-up edge rusher for the team. However, he is preparing to make a big, and surprising, move for the 2016 season.
According to the team’s official website, Beasley has been in the process of making the switch from outside edge rusher to SAM, or strongside, linebacker. Beasley will likely play a role similar to the one Bruce Irvin played during Dan Quinn’s time with the Seattle Seahawks.
“It’s off to a great start,” Beasley said of the change. “I just know that it’s a new position. I played a little bit of linebacker in college, but it’s different in the league; there’s more responsibility. But I’m off to a great start with it. … I’m pretty sure in the game plan they’ll use me in rushing and obviously dropping back, going back and forth.”
The change will likely go a long way in helping Beasley in stopping the run, which he struggled with during his rookie season. He will likely be going after the quarterback on most plays since he is the best pass rusher on the team.
During his rookie season, Vic Beasley recorded 20 tackles and four sacks and forced two fumbles on the year.
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