Falcons Moving Vic Beasley From Defensive End to Linebacker
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) – Vic Beasley Jr. is learning a new position for his second season with the Atlanta Falcons.
Beasley, the Falcons’ 2015 first-round pick from Clemson, spent most of his rookie season as a defensive end. With Monday’s opening day of the Falcons’ offseason team activities, Beasley was hanging out with the linebackers and defensive ends.
The plan is for Beasley to play outside linebacker, lining up opposite the tight end, in Atlanta’s base defense. In nickel packages, which coach Dan Quinn estimates will be used 60 to 65 percent of the time, Beasley’s priority will be rushing the quarterback as a defensive end.
Quinn says this is the time to experiment with Beasley and other players to develop versatility for the season.
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