Beasley, the eighth overall pick in this year's draft, racked up 33 sacks during his time at Clemson, earning him the reputation as a big-time pass threat, but he wants to show the Atlanta coaching staff that he can play in all situations.
"I think I'm an every-down player. I think that's just motivation for me to go out there and prove that I can be an every-down player," he said.
Beasley will get a chance to live up to that statement, as the Falcons plan to throw the rookie into the fire to help a shaky linebacker corps.
Holmes missed 12 games last season with a foot injury. He is listed as out indefinitely.
“I’m not going to hold out for anything," Jones said. "My teammates need me. I’m being selfish if I’m not here and doing what I need to do.”
If no deal is reached, Jones can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season. Jones produced 1,593 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 104 catches last season, which earned him a Pro Bowl selection.
Former Falcons guard
Blalock played 125 games over eight seasons with the Falcons. He briefly explored signing with the Lions this offseason before his retirement decision.
"I'd like to sincerely thank the