Vic Beasley followed up a lackluster rookie season with an alleged appearance in this year’s opener.
But though he didn’t record a single tackle last week against the Buccaneers, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he’s not worried about the 2015 first-rounder’s psyche.
“I don’t worry about the confidence over one game,” Quinn said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “With that said, I’m looking for his arrow to be going up in this game.
“He just didn’t perform the way he’s capable of. When those opportunities come up to go make a play can we just nail the technique just right?”
Beasley had 4.0 sacks last year, which is only good in the context of the Falcons lacking pass rushers, since it led the team. And after they used the eighth overall pick on him, he knows the expectations are much higher.
“I have to affect the quarterback,” Beasley said. “I need to be disruptive on every play. Just be around the ball and make sure that I’m around the ball.”
The Falcons have been looking for sacks for what seems like a decade, and brought veteran Dwight Freeney in this year in hopes of a spark. They’ve also moved Beasley around in the defense, trying to find a role that will allow him to live up to the potential he flashed at Clemson.