“There’s no pressure at all,” he said. “I just want to ball out and play my heart out with my teammates.”
Beasley said he opted to train on his own this offseason to try something different. He still communicated with Quinn, who told him to work on his conditioning, he said. Quinn, who also will act as defensive coordinator this season, said he’ll continue to evaluate that in the offseason, as well as Beasley’s versatility.
Around the league, Beasley is known for his aggressive speed rush. This year, Quinn said he wants Beasley to add new tools to his toolkit, but have them look the same when he engages offensive linemen at the point of contact. If he develops more effective moves, such as a spin or bull rush, Beasley will keep offensive linemen honest, Quinn said.
“He’s worked hard at that, and it will continue to be an emphasis so that all of them look alike,” Quinn said. “When you’re able to do that and keep a lineman guessing, that’s when you’ll have the best chances for success as a rusher.”
Beasley’s teammate at Clemson, defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, also attended minicamp, but didn’t participate for “precautionary reasons,” according to Quinn. Jarrett, too, skipped OTAs in hopes of signing a long-term deal. In March, Jarrett, who recorded 52 tackles and six sacks in 2018, signed a franchise tag worth $15.2 million for this coming season. Jarrett wouldn’t discuss his contract situation, but said he was happy to be back with the team, and he’s excited to improve.
“Whether it’s in the run game or the pass game, I feel like there are some things that I can still get better at,” he said. There’s always work to be done and I’m excited to push myself.”