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Falcons Excited About Moving Vic Beasley Back to Defensive End from Linebacker

The Falcons moved Vic Beasley back to defensive end after using him as a linebacker. Both the coaches and Beasley are excited about the position reversal, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Defensive line coach Bryant Young believes Beasley will flourish while solely playing defensive end.

“It frees him up to play more first- or second-down nickel and be available in that way and be fresher during the course of the game,” Young said. “Not that he couldn’t handle it because I thought he did a good job of handling the (strongside) and playing defensive end. Just having him available to play more reps at defensive end will be good for us.”

Beasley, whose sack total fell to five last season, looked sleek and comfortable back at left defensive end during the team’s open OTA session Tuesday.

Beasley appeared ready to move back to the spot where he led the league in sacks and earned All-Pro status during the 2016 season.

“Man, just being a help to the team,” Beasley said about playing linebacker. “I understand that when one man goes down, I tried to step in. If it’s filling a need and helping out at that position, I’m open for it. I’m here for the best interests of the team.”

Beasley had to develop a different mentality while dropping into coverage.

“I wasn’t rushing as much as I normally would,” Beasley said of his dip in sacks. “There were less opportunities, but it was for the betterment of the team and what the team needed most at that moment. I was fine with that.”

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he wants Beasley to develop an inside countermove to go along with his excellent outside speed rush. He believes the defense has several areas to improve.

“Get more sacks,” Beasley said. “Everybody likes getting more sacks, right? Make more plays in the backfield. Getting deflections, that’s what it boils down to, being a relentless defense and a strong front four.”


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