Atlanta Falcons edge rusher Vic Beasley Jr.

What does Vic Beasley bring to the Tennessee Titans defense?

By Jason Engstrom March 20, 2020 0 Comment
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The Tennessee Titans signed former Atlanta Falcons edge rusher Vic Beasley to a one-year, $9.5 million deal. What does he bring to the Titans defense?

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a one year deal for $9.5 million guaranteed with Vic Beasley. The total could come up to $12 million, depending on incentives.  Cameron Wake was signed last year to help fix the Titans pass-rushing woes but was a non-factor as his injuries sidelined him. Kamalei  Correa had a promising season before walking as an unrestricted free agent. Vic Beasley‘s pass-rushing prowess is superior to Correa and Wake. The former Atlanta Falcons edge rusher was one of our moves for the Titans to improve in 2020.

Path to Tennessee

The former Clemson star and top 10 draft pick, has had his flashes in Atlanta. In fact, in 2016, Beasley led the league with 15.5 sacks. Beasley has a lightning-fast first step, and can ‘run under a table’ with the bend he displays. Indeed, rushing the passer was never really his problem. The biggest issue he’s had with the Falcons is staying on the field as a three-down defensive end in that 4-3 defense. His ability to hold the edge is somewhat scattershot. It’s there, but it’s not consistent. Consequently, Vic Beasley slowly began to get phased out in Atlanta. He has yet to reach double digits again since leading the league.

The Patriots Model

Jon Robinson, the current Tennessee Titans general manager, cut his teeth in the New England Patriots front office. With that being said, it’s no surprise that he’s adopted certain tendencies that were successful in the colder north. Bill Belichick, arguably one of the greatest coaches and personnel guys ever, has consistently brought in highly drafted players from other organizations that had were deemed as lost causes.  Many of these lost causes turned out to be valuable cogs in yet another Brady/Belichick championship run. In recent years, the Patriots traded for Danny Shelton and signed Corey Coleman. Two players from the same dysfunctional franchise yet played decent in New England.

Robinson’s reclamation projects

Tannehill, left for dead after the Adam Gase year’s, was looking like he’d never turn into the quarterback he was drafted to be. He weathered constant abuse at the hands of his inept offensive line and mismanagement of offensive schemes and weapons. Robinson traded away a 4th and 7th round pick to snag the former Texas A&M star. After riding the bench, he replaced the struggling Mariota. The rest is history. He led the league in quarterback rating and drove the Titans to an AFC Championship game. That was a success. For as many successful additions like Tannehill, there are at least as many failures. Which one will Beasley be?

Why does Vic Beasley make sense?

There could be a case made for Beasley. He wasn’t the only one to struggle on that Falcons defensive unit. All three levels struggled. Vrabel has a very multiple front 3-4 scheme that puts his playmakers in positions to excel. At one point last season, Vrabel had the 300+ pound Jurrell Casey working as an edge rusher. Beasley will have the opportunity to make plays. If you combine that with Harold Landry coming off the other edge and Jeffrey Simmons pushing the pocket from the interior, Beasley should be closer to the 2016 version of himself.

Signing Grade: B (Low risk/High reward)

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