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Vic Beasley is 10 sacks away from being #5 on the franchise’s all-time list

Sad but also cool.

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Vic Beasley is one of the team’s bright lights on defense. In four games this season, he has three sacks, a season after leading the NFL with 15.5. He’s not a finished product just yet, sure, but he’s a great pass rusher, and he’s up to 22.5 sacks for his career in just 2.25 seasons.

The pace he’s on is a brisk one, and it’s reasonable to think that if Beasley stays here for the long haul, he’ll be the franchise’s all-time leading sack master by a wide margin within the next five seasons or so. What’s really crazy is that if he can get ten sacks over his last ten games, which doesn’t seem all that far-fetched, he’ll be top five in franchise history.

Yes, you read that right. If Vic Beasley can get to 32.5 sacks, he’ll have amassed more than all but four players in franchise history. This is partly because they didn’t track sacks in The Olden Days, sure, but that still speaks volumes about how good Beasley is and how few great sack artists the Falcons have had over the years.

Here’s everyone currently in front of Beasley, who is 14th on the all-time list already.

  1. John Abraham, 68.5
  2. Chuck Smith, 58.5
  3. Patrick Kerney, 58
  4. Travis Hall, 41.5
  5. Brady Smith, 32
  6. Lester Archambeau, 31
  7. Rod Coleman, 30
  8. Rick Bryan, 29
  9. Jonathan Babineaux, 27
  10. Mike Pitts, 25
  11. Tim Green, 24
  12. Kroy Biermann, 23.5
  13. Mike Gann, 23.5

I’m rooting hard for Beasley to get there in 2017. Hopefully he and Takkarist McKinley are on the verge of ushering in a new, great era for Falcons pass rushers.