Tennessee Titans confident Vic Beasley can boost pass rush
Just a few seasons ago, Vic Beasley led the NFL with 15.5 sacks and six forced fumbles for the Atlanta Falcons. In only his second season, the future seemed impossibly bright for the young pass-rusher.
But Beasley failed to reach those heights in the last few years and going into the 2020 season, the former No. 8 overall pick is looking for a fresh start.
This offseason, Beasley signed a one-year deal worth $9.5 million with the Tennessee Titans. While Beasley comes to Nashville in the hopes of revitalizing his career, the Titans organization are apparently confident that the former All-Pro can do just that.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson had this to say about Beasley to Jim Wyatt of the team’s website:
“We brought him in because he’s got some ability to rush the passer off the edge … Watch him back through the tape, he’s a guy that plays hard, he’s fast, he’s got good length, he’s got some good snaps on tape.
Beasley wasn’t at all bad for the Falcons last season. His eight sacks led the team and were the most since his breakout season. Plus, the Titans desperately could have used another pass-rusher alongside linebacker Harold Landry last season. Head coach Mike Vrabel knows what Beasley brings to the table for Tennessee:
“We’re focused on moving forward with Vic. [He has] a skillset that we like, with a player that can run and have some speed, some explosiveness, some versatility we believe. That’s what I’ll do, that’s what [outside linebackers coach] Shane [Bowen] will do, that’s what [defensive assistant] Matt Edwards will do. There will be a lot of people involved in helping him still continue to develop, and try to find a role for us, and ultimately help us win.”
The Titans were arguably the NFL’s biggest surprise team last year, reaching the AFC Championship game after starting the year 2-4. If Beasley can return to elite form, it’ll take an up-and-coming Titans team to a whole new level.