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FILM REVIEW: Beasley missing in action

September 11, 2016 ATLANTA: Falcons Vic Beasley Jr., who did not have a stat on the sheet from the game, lines up to rush in the second half against the Buccaneers in an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Atlanta.   Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com

September 11, 2016 ATLANTA: Falcons Vic Beasley Jr., who did not have a stat on the sheet from the game, lines up to rush in the second half against the Buccaneers in an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons strongside linebacker and defensive end Vic Bealsey played 39 snaps against Tampa Bay, but did not record a tackle.

“He played mostly in the nickel package,” said Falcons coach Dan Quinn when asked how the film review of Beasley went. “We had about 40 snaps in nickel and maybe 15 or 20 in our base package in this game. Outside we felt like he had some pressure and did some nice things, as you went back all the way through the tape he didn’t affect the game enough.”

The Falcons didn’t have a sack, but had five hits according to the gamebook. After film review, the Falcons counted six hits.

“The quarterback hits came from the other side,” Quinn said. “One time, he went high and created some other opportunities for some guys down low. It didn’t show up in the stat sheet some of the work that he did.”

Here are some other stats from the film review:

–Falcons blitzed about 10 times. “That’s going to be a factor for us. One that we knew we wanted to be able to do… it’s definitely a plan for what we want to do. We started that somewhat yesterday.” Could the Falcons feature a revival of the Grits Blitz?

–The Falcons counted nine missed tackles with four of them coming on Charles Sims touchdown reception.

Here are some more notes from profootballfocus.com film review of the Falcons  game:

  • QB Matt Ryan graded well on Sunday but never tested the Buccaneers defense as he threw just 3 passes that traveled more than 20 yards in the air, completing just one, which was a wide open Mohammed Sanu due to a busted coverage. In all, just 34.4% of Ryan’s yards came via the air as he finished with the 2nd lowest percent of yards in air.
  • Despite a good box score day from Mohamed Sanu, the newly acquired WR had two drops, one crucial drop on the final Falcons’ drive of the game.  Sanu dropped just 1 pass in all of 2015 but came off a 2014 where he led the league with 14 dropped passes.
  • DT Grady Jarrett caused C Joe Hawley trouble early in the game as the second year pro from Clemson recorded a QB hit and 2 defensive stops.  Jarrett comes off a 2015 campaign where he graded as the best rookie defensive tackle, topping all rookies in run stop percentage at 12.4.
  • DEs Adrian Clayborn and Dwight Freeney were the only two pass rushers able to create any meaningful pressure as both recorded two QB hits with Clayborn adding an additional hurry.  Clayborn’s overall grade suffers from two costly penalties but the former first rounder looks to have found a home in Atlanta in Dan Quinn’s defense as he’s coming off a career best 2015 campaign
  • Levine Toilolo struggled mightily in the 2016 season opener. The main area of his game that struggled was run blocking. His 32.7 run block grade on 11 run blocks was lower than any run block grade he received in 2015. Jacob Tamme also struggled in run blocking; his 67.9 run blocking is also considered below average.
  • Grady Jarrett was a standout on the interior for the Falcons in the opener. Not only was he the highest graded defensive linemen for the Falcons, but he was also the highest graded player on the entire defense. The strongest phase of his game came in his 21 snaps of run defense. His 83.5 run defense grade is the highest of his career.
  • Brooks Reed came out very strong in Week 1 against the Bucaneers. He particularly excelled in run defense. His 83.2 run defense grade tops his best performance of 2015 by more than 5 points. On the 11 plays he was in on run defense, the Bucs offense gained a total of just 1 yard…6 of the plays resulted in no gain or negative yards.

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