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A look at the development of Vic Beasley

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 — At the owner’s meeting in March, Falcons coach Dan Quinn sat down with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and went over his wide-ranging plan for the upcoming offseason.

He shared his hopes and goals heading into his second season as the coach with authority over the final 53-man roster. Quinn singled out six players he wanted to see make major progress through the team’s Plan D developmental program.

With the Falcons at 6-4 and on their bye week, let’s look at how the six players – defensive end/linebacker Vic Beasley, running back Tevin Coleman, defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, cornerback Jalen Collins, wide receiver Justin Hardy and defensive back Robenson Therezie — have fared this season.

Here’s a quick look at the development of Beasley:

Beasley, who has 9.5 sacks through 10 games, is having a breakout season.

Beasley, who was drafted eighth overall out of Clemson in 2015, had just four sacks his rookie season.

What’s been behind this surge? Beasley has an idea.

“I’m just being relentless,” he said. “I’m trying to execute the game plan and by just being myself.”

Quinn attributes it to Beasley studying offensive linemen and better practice habits.

“One, I think he has a real idea of how to attack now,” Quinn said. “Knowing that maybe each tackle might set a little different. Might play a little different. Some of that comes with experience. What I did against this player may not be as effective on the next player.”

“He’s ramped up his practice habits,” Quinn added. “That’s totally transferring into the game. We call that trusting your training. The more that you put it out there on the practice field, it totally carries forward to the game. I’ve seen a big swing in his practice habits for sure.”

Beasley also has benefited from the presence of veteran Dwight Freeney.

The Falcons are 6-4 at the bye and have a major issue to figure out moving forward. The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and Noah Coslov get into that and the Falcons place amongst the NFC’s best.

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