Falcons eager to get Beasley signed

The Falcons do not have Vic Beasley signed yet, but it's coming soon.

We are still waiting for the Falcons to sign first round pick Vic Beasley. The former Clemson star is reportedly close to agreeing to a five-year contract, but it hasn’t happened yet.

It’s not too much of a concern, but still, it hasn’t happened yet. And on top of that, Beasley has been dealing with a shoulder injury that kept him out of much of the OTA this week in Flowery Branch.

These OTAs are not that crucial to Beasley getting into the flow of his new defense, as it’s basically a noncontact practice. But the Falcons do not want Beasley’s shoulder issue to linger into the summer as they get closer to training camp.

Right now, the Falcons are just calling this a strained shoulder. So that’s why the Falcons are being very careful with a player they have pinpointed as a crucial part of a planned improved pass rush. Atlanta has made several changes to its defense, including a rebuilt group at linebacker, but Beasley is the key.

The Falcons are working with Beasley off the field to acquaint him with the defense. New defensive coordinator Richard Smith, who worked closely with Von Miller when he was on Denver’s coaching staff, believes Beasley has some of the same attributes that has made Miller one of the best linebackers in the NFL.

Bryan Cox, Atlanta’s defensive line coach, is also an important person in Beasley’s development. We all know the toughness that Cox tries to bring to his players. If the Falcons want an intimidating force on the defense, expect Cox to be in Beasley’s ear repeatedly as we get closer to the season.

But first, the Falcons have to get Beasley signed on the dotted line, which could come at any time.

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