Vic Beasley has been part of the Las Vegas Raiders’ program for a week and it doesn’t sound like the team is close to promoting him to the 53-man roster from the practice squad just yet.
When Raiders coach Jon Gruden was asked on Wednesday how he felt about Beasley, he didn’t have much to say. Gruden said he wants to see Beasley more and wants to make sure he is ready to before playing him.
“He’s a nice guy. We haven’t really met each other, honestly. He’s only been in here for a few days and we had a quick flight to Atlanta last week, so his first impression is he looks the part,” Gruden said. “We know about his resume, we know Vic and Takk McKinley because AJ Neibel (a Raiders’ strength coach) was in Atlanta with both of them. So we think there is upside there but we got to get best out of Beasley. He’s got to get in great shape, he’s got to get himself 100% healthy and invested, and then we’ll see where it goes.”
Beasley was cut by the Tennessee Titans several weeks ago after he had a disappointing stint as a free agent. The 2015 first-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons led the NFL with 15.5 sacks in 2016, but has since seen his production dip.
With Takk McKinley on the the injured reserve for at least two more weeks, the Raiders would like to see Beasley get into form to give their much-needed pass-rush a boost. By digesting Gruden’s comments, it could take some time.