Vic Beasley might be the most frustrating player on the Atlanta Falcons roster. Beasley has put together one elite seasons and otherwise been a bust for the Falcons.
While naming Vic Beasley a bust for the Atlanta Falcons may seem like a big jump it isn’t when you consider what the team expected from Vic. Beasley. Beasley was supposed to be at worst a consistent edge rusher, one who provided the team with much needed pass rushing consistency.
Instead Beasley has been inconsistent and at times has disappeared completely. Making himself invisible on the field may be the most consistent of Beasley’s skill sets not exactly ideal for your highest paid edge rusher.
In 2016 Beasley used his speed and a myriad of speed pass rushing moves to pile up a League leading 15.5 sacks. In the rest of his four year career Beasley has managed a combined 14.0 sacks.
It is obvious that 2016 was the outlier and not who Beasley is as a player. He had a career year at an opportune time and is still a below average player.
This season will be a step forward but only a slight one for Vic. The coaching staff has made it known they are going to help Beasley and scheme specifically for the pass rusher. A fact that will improve Beasley’s numbers slightly but do little to improve the player has is in year five.
Vic doesn’t have enough pass rushing moves to combat the size of his opponents. He is undersized and better utilized as a specialty player not as your featured pass rusher.
This season he will finish with 6.5-sacks and have a slightly improved 2019 campaign. Still the Falcons should move on and attempt to sign or draft another edge rusher.
Vic Beasley’s time in Atlanta is likely winding to an end barring unforeseen improvement. An unlikely development for a player who isn’t the elite edge rusher the Falcons had hoped for.