atljbo Posted August 26, 2015 Share Posted August 26, 2015 http://espn.go.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/15304/falcons-rookie-vic-beasley-knows-he-doesnt-have-it-all-figure-out-yet Falcons rookie Vic Beasley knows he doesn't have it all figured out yetFLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Vic Beasley gets it.Rather than be content with his strong showing in last week's preseason loss to the New York Jets, the Atlanta Falcons rookie used the game as a learning tool for improving his pass rush.Yes, Beasley looked dominant rushing in unison with Adrian Clayborn on the right side. And yes, Beasley's jaw-dropping spin move against Jets tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson conjured up memories of Dwight Freeney. However, Beasley was far from satisfied with his showing."I think I improved from the first game, but I've still got a lot of work to do," Beasley said. "I'm trying to do my best to become the best asset for this team."Specifically, Beasley took to heart sound advice from his head coach and pass-rush guru Dan Quinn"Just finishing at the top of my rushes," Beasley said. "I'm there, but I've just got to work on getting off the tackles, getting off the blocks. I had a couple of good ones, but there were ones that I needed to work off the tackle."I need that [critique]. I mean, Coach Quinn is there for me. I'm very appreciative of that because he's going to get me better."The Falcons no doubt find it refreshing when a player as ultra-talented as Beasley views a solid performance as nothing special. Although he has yet to record a sack through two preseason games, Beasley is affecting opposing quarterbacks with his exceptional speed and powerful pushes.Against the Jets, he made the three-time Pro Bowler Ferguson look like the rookie, at times. The spin move left Ferguson standing in his tracks and forced an incomplete, third-down pass by Ryan Fitzpatrick. Beasley also bull rushed Ferguson basically right up into Fitzpatrick's face."It felt pretty good, going against another talented player," Beasley said of Ferguson. "I mean [Falcons left tackle] Jake Matthews is obviously one of the talented players around here. Going against him every day is preparing me for the top talent around the league."Beasley did have one of those off moments he referred to on a third-and-4 play when he rushed from the left side, got close to Fitzpatrick, but couldn't fight off the block from right tackle Breno Giacomini, who was feisty with Beasley several times. Had Beasley kept going strong, he might have drawn a holding penalty. Instead, teammate Robert Alford was flagged for defensive holding.No one expects Beasley to get to the quarterback on every play, but he certainly understands he'll be held to a higher standard as a first-round draft pick. That's why he set the bar high immediately by declaring his goal to reach double-digit sacks this season.When asked which play so far in the preseason represented his best pass rush, it wasn't a surprise to hear Beasley deflect the attention from himself."We had a sack by A.C.," Beasley said, referring to Clayborn. "I think we all worked together on that play. So, I think that was our best rush so far."The soft-spoken Beasley, who flashes a boyish smile behind his braces, doesn't appear to be caught up in the glitz and glamour of the NFL. He just wants to play ball."I'm just humble, man," Beasley said. "I'm just blessed to be in the position I'm in. That's just my personality." Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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