Vic Beasley Jr. mentioned last week how he had talked to Von Miller before the season, picking Miller’s brain on how to become a better pass-rusher.
Atlanta Falcons Jerseys Maybe it had something do with being on Miller’s home turf, but something finally clicked for Beasley on Sunday.
Beasley, a first-round draft pick in 2015, had a breakout game in the Falcons’ 23-16 win over Miller’s Broncos. He had 3.5 sacks, just a half-sack less than he had all of last season, and now leads the team with 4.5 sacks through five games.
“I just kept working,” Beasley said. “I hadn’t been able to get sacks in the past couple of games. I just kept the confidence, and I kept going. … It was just working my craft. I was able to beat them around the edge a couple times and get them off balance. Things were just going my way.”
Things certainly will slide in favor of the 4-1 Falcons if they develop consistency with their pass rush moving forward. They entered Sunday with just four sacks on the season and now have double digits with 10. Remember, the Falcons were last in the league with 19 sacks a year ago.
Cheap nfl Jerseys And they’ve often talked about rushing in unison, which is exactly what happened against the Broncos. Dwight Freeney also had a sack, his third consecutive game with one, as did Grady Jarrett. Adrian Clayborn combined on a sack with Beasley, and the Falcons had eight quarterback hits on rookie Paxton Lynch, who clearly was rattled.
“It feels good,” Freeney said of getting the pass rush going. “I’m glad I can just help out, help this team turn the corner in that area. I don’t care who gets it. As long as we get out there and get after that quarterback, that’s what it’s about. That’s why we’re here.
“Vic did a tremendous job. But it wasn’t just Vic. Those guys were balling out and hitting the quarterback. Clayborn was hitting the quarterback even though he didn’t have the big number [of sacks]. Just guys were going out there balling. And a young guy like [Beasley] going out there and having three-and-a-half, it’s an amazing game for him, and I’m happy for him.”
“The get-off jumped out at me today,” Quinn said. “He really looked quick off the ball. … We knew it was going to be a good environment, and the speed off the ball was what set him off today.”
cheap jersey wholesale As good as the Falcons feel about getting the pass rush ignited, they’ll have to sustain it against a rested Russell Wilson and the Seahawks next Sunday in Seattle.
“It’s week to week,” Freeney said. “People assume sometimes, ‘Oh, it happened this week, it’s always going to happen next week and it’s going to continue.’ That’s what we want to do. That’s our mentality. But it’s not always going to be that way.
“Let’s think positive here and hope [Wilson] holds onto the ball. They’re watching that film. They have two weeks to prepare for us. They’re going to have a great game plan on protecting Russell.”