Vic Beasley, whose sack total fell from an NFL-leading 15.5 to five last season, is headed back to defensive end.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution after his season-ending news conference Thursday that the third-year player will move from linebacker.
“I have re-assessed it,” Quinn said. “He played six games at linebacker and two injured. I’m going to put him full-time, all-the-time back at pass rusher. I thought it was best for the team even though some of his production would go down.
“His best role is doing what he does. He won’t go back to linebacker.”
Beasley had four sacks as a rookie before leading the league in the 2016 season.