Vic Beasley
Vic Beasley
26-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Atlanta Falcons
2018 Fantasy Outlook
It appeared inevitable that Beasley was on his way to NFL superstardom after he paced the league with 15.5 sacks and earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2016, but a hamstring injury and a position change to outside linebacker stymied his productivity as a pass rusher last season. When Duke Riley suffered a knee injury in a Week 7 matchup against New England, the Falcons were forced to shuffle their front seven, which resulted in Beasley assuming an outside linebacker role for six games. With a fully-rehabilitated group of linebackers, Beasley will return to his natural position of defensive end in 2018, where he will be capable of utilizing his dynamic skills as a speed rusher to reach the double-digit sack threshold for the second time in four years. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $14.5 million contract with the Falcons in June of 2015. Falcons exercised $12.81 million team option for 2019 in February of 2018.
Fifth-year option guaranteed
DEAtlanta Falcons
March 13, 2019
Beasley's $12.8 million contract for 2019 became fully guaranteed Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Beasley, who paced the NFL with 15.5 sacks in 2016, hasn't even managed two-thirds of that total over his last two seasons combined (10). The Atlanta brass still believed in the 2015 first-round pick's talent enough to bring him back for another year, but his form the past two seasons makes it difficult to relying on him re-emerging as a top-flight IDP. Takk McKinley now ranks as the clear No. 1 pass rusher in Atlanta.
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Measurables Review
How do Vic Beasley's measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 3"
246 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.53 sec
Shuttle Time
4.15 sec
Cone Drill
6.91 sec
Vertical Jump
41.0 in
Broad Jump
130 in
Bench Press
35 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The Falcons appear to have struck gold with Beasley, the eighth overall selection in the 2015 draft. Beasley posted four sacks during his rookie season, and while the Falcons were optimistic he could build on those numbers as a sophomore, few expected him to finish the year as the league leader in sacks with 15.5. Beasley should only continue to improve as a player in his third year, but it's also worth noting that he benefited from the Falcons' historic offense, which forced opponents to play catch up through the air, giving Beasley plenty of opportunities to sell out on the pass. The departure of an offensive coordinator rarely impacts a defensive star, but it's very likely that Atlanta's offense will take a step back this season, meaning Beasley may not have as many chances to rush in expected passing downs. That being said, he's still a beast, and double-digit sack numbers seem like a manageable target.
Double-check on Beasley's positional classification in your league - he has reportedly moved to linebacker but was still listed at DE on as of press time – but if he maintains DL eligibility while playing more like a linebacker in real life, it could be a profitable loophole to exploit. Regardless, Beasley's main appeal is his pass-rushing potential, as he was a dominant disruptor in college and possesses an athletic profile similar to Von Miller's. His tally of 26 tackles and four sacks in 539 snaps wasn't bad for a rookie year, but much more can be expected in 2016.
The Falcons wouldn’t have spent the 8th overall pick in the draft on Beasley if they didn’t see him as a long term defensive starter, but his his role as a rookie is still up in the air. Beasley is listed as a defensive end, but he’ll likely end up in the “Leo” position as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end. One thing for sure is that Beasley will be asked to rush the quarterback, especially considering the Falcons ranked near the bottom of the league in terms of total sacks (22) recorded in 2014. Beasley has been compared to Von Miller and Bruce Irvin, both of whom recorded at least eight sacks in their rookie campaign. The Falcons would love if Beasley could come close to double-digit sacks and 30-60 tackles in his rookie season.
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Likely to remain in Atlanta
DEAtlanta Falcons
February 28, 2019
Head coach Dan Quinn said that the Falcons plan to retain Beasley on the roster for 2019, Vaughn McClure of reports. Quinn explained that keeping the 2016 NFL sack champion in Atlanta is "the plan right now," and that "it's going to take really good preparation and really consistent play" for Beasley to once again become a difference-maker on the defensive side.
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Adds another sack
DEAtlanta Falcons
December 18, 2018
Beasley recorded three solo tackles, one sack and two passes defensed during Sunday's win over the Cardinals.
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Posts sack Sunday
DEAtlanta Falcons
December 10, 2018
Beasley recorded two tackles (one solo), including a sack, in Sunday's loss to Green Bay.
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Scoop and score in Week 13
DEAtlanta Falcons
December 2, 2018
Beasley accounted for two tackles and a 74-yard fumble return for a touchdown during Sunday's 26-16 loss to Baltimore.
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Turns back clock to 2016
DEAtlanta Falcons
November 20, 2018
Beasley collected two sacks and three combined tackles during Sunday's 22-19 loss to the Cowboys.
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