Falcons’ Vic Beasley feels ‘no pressure’ now that minicamp has begun
Atlanta Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley is coming off back-to-back underwhelming campaigns. Fortunately, he is optimistic about a potential resurgence in the 2019 NFL season.
Beasley is entering the final year of his rookie deal, but there has not been much talk about a lucrative extension. According to Emmanuel Morgan of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he is not worried having to make a statement in 2019:
“There’s no pressure at all,” Beasley said. “I just want to ball out and play my heart out with my teammates.”
It is encouraging to see that Beasley does not seem to be deterred by his current situation. He was initially taken by Atlanta with the eighth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He established himself as one of the most promising edge rushers in the league after finishing the 2016 campaign with a league-leading 15.5 sacks. Unfortunately, he has since struggled to mirror that type of production after registering just 10.0 sacks over the last two seasons.
As a result of Beasley’s underwhelming numbers, the Falcons have decided to let him play out the fifth year of his deal without any talks of a looming extension. It appears that this has become a bit of a prove-it year for him. Although there is no question about his talent, he must still show much more consistency if he hopes to cash in on the lucrative paydays that today’s edge rushers receive. Although the Falcons have much to prove as a whole, the onus will still be on Beasley to get back to his Pro Bowl ways.