Vic Beasley appears on track to make his debut for the Tennessee Titans when they travel to face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Beasley, who was 10 days late to training camp with an unexcused absence and then placed on the non-football injury list once he did arrive, has been inactive for the first two games of the season.
But after a full week of participation, Beasley has no injury designation, meaning he is cleared to play on Sunday.
“I’m excited about playing and excited about my opportunity, hopefully this weekend. I’m looking forward to it, but the coaches make that decision,” Beasley said Friday in his first news conference with Tennessee reporters.
Beasley was asked about his absence from camp early on and described it as a “disagreement” that has since been resolved.
“I just had some things I had to work out. There was a little disagreement here and there,” Beasley said. “Those things are behind us. I’ve moved on and I’m just going to let bygones be bygones and just settle things and let them be.”
Beasley didn’t delve into too much detail on the matter.
“That was something that was confidential between me and the other party. We came to an agreement and it is what it is. We both understand the situation. It’s all good and it’s all smiles on both ends,” he said.
As for how the Titans will use Beasley, chances are he can help spell Jadeveon Clowney and Harold Landry, both of whom have played plenty of snaps through the first two games and appeared to tire out toward the end of both games.
“I’m full go but whatever they have scheme-wise for me, I’m open. … I know they understand my best asset and I understand my best asset, which is rushing the passer,” said Beasley, who added that he wants to get back to being an elite pass rusher.
That could also mean that while Beasley could be part of the outside linebacker rotation, he also could give Mike Vrabel more options in sub-packages to move players around and have more pass rushers on the field. He is excited about playing for Vrabel, and said he has learned a lot from the Titans coach, who was an outside linebacker himself as a player.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to play for Vrabs, playing for a coach that has that defensive perspective and a guy who actually played the same position that I did,” Beasley said. “I feel like he understands my mindset, because he’s played the position and he experience in that area. I’m excited to actually be able to step on the field and take what I learned from him, and from the other guys and just go out there and execute.”
As for the knee injury that landed Beasley on NFI, he said the injury is something he has had to deal with for a long time. He credited the Titans training staff with helping him through the recovery process.
“It’s something I’ve been dealing with and kind of played a role in my career since I was in college. I made the best I could out of it. It’s just something I’ve had to deal with. It’s been better since I’ve been here. The training staff has been amazing,” Beasley said.
As for conditioning and how much Beasley can contribute, Vrabel said that remains to be seen.
“(We’ve) seen enough to not have him on the injury report and make him a full participant. We'll see how it goes in the game, that's where all this gets decided. That's where you find out if you've improved is ultimately on Sundays. We only get so few opportunities and that we'll have to be ready to go and evaluate everyone's performance from that,” Vrabel said.
Beasley pledged his love for football when asked about his dedication to the Titans and playing.
“I love the game — I love playing the game. I know there’s been a lot of question marks about whether or not I love playing. But I wouldn’t waste nobody’s time if I didn’t love playing ball,” Beasley said. “If I didn’t love playing ball, I would tell the coaches: Go look for somebody else that may be a better fit for the organization. I am not going to give nobody a half-hearted effort. I want to give them the best of what I’ve got, and that is by making sure I am mentally prepared, and physically prepared.”
Three Titans players have been ruled out for Sunday's game. Receiver A.J. Brown (knee) will miss his second straight game. Outside linebacker Derick Roberson (illness) will miss his third straight game. He was out the first two weeks with a knee injury. Rookie cornerback Chris Jackson (hamstring) is out as well.