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Vic Beasley has learned a lot from Dwight Freeney

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 9:  Outside linebacker Vic Beasley #44 of the Atlanta Falcons causes quarterback Paxton Lynch #12 of the Denver Broncos to fumble in the third quarter of the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Broncos recovered the ball. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) Getty Images

Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley had a breakthrough game on Sunday, with 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. The seeds for that performance were planted in part by the decision to add Dwight Freeney to the roster.

“Obviously having Dwight Freeney come in and help us with the pass rush definitely helped us boost our motivation to get to the quarterback,” Beasley said on Friday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio and NBCSN.

Beasley said that, apart from learning how to take his spin move “to another level,” he has learned from Freeney “just being relentless.”

The relentless extends beyond the pursuit of the quarterback and includes “laying it all out there on the line.”

The Falcons have done that over the last four games, capped by back-to-back wins over the Super Bowl teams from a year ago. The ultimate test comes on Sunday, when the Falcons face the Seahawks in Seattle.

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7 Responses to “Vic Beasley has learned a lot from Dwight Freeney”
  1. whodatnhollywood says: Oct 14, 2016 12:01 PM

    The Saints had a chance to sign Freeney but were scared! Then he made them pay! SMDH!

  2. jackedupboonie says: Oct 14, 2016 12:06 PM

    Or was it a rookie QB, who held the ball too long all day

  3. joepatrickmartin says: Oct 14, 2016 12:15 PM

    “Obviously having Dwight Freeney come in and help us with the pass rush definitely helped us boost our motivation to get to the quarterback,”

    Well, Vic, you were drafted to get to the quarterback…it’s kind of like, your job, man (Big Lebowski anybody?). The millions being thrown your way every year should be plenty of motivation. What has this world come to when a pass rusher needs “extra motivation” to get to the QB? Vic Beasley is just too nice to ever be a high-end pass rusher.

  4. krypo567 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:40 PM

    That’s certainly going to be “a” test but not the ultimate test. The Seahawks are not the same team that went to 2 consecutive SBs. The “Ultimate” test would be a match up with the Patriots or the Vikings. The Vikings had them beat in the playoffs in January but for a muffed 37-yarder. The Vikings then beat them at half speed and with a backup QB in a pre-season game in August that was much more “real” than most pre-season games.

  5. jacqvoncc says: Oct 14, 2016 12:53 PM

    Congrats to the Vikings on their ‘almost’ win against Seattle in the playoffs and their much more ‘real’ win in PRESEASON!!

  6. kane337 says: Oct 14, 2016 1:56 PM

    Why is Seattle the ultimate test? Did they make it to the Super Bowl last year?

  7. claymus1 says: Oct 14, 2016 3:50 PM

    Why is Seattle the ultimate test? tune in on Sunday for the answer….I’m curious to know myself. Seattle has a bunch of wins over the last few years…if it goes as I suspect….One thing I think I know…the game will be epic! D.Q. is a stud and has his team flying high! Could be a lot like mirror images fighting it out!

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