John Cominsky is the Atlanta Falcons next man up


When news broke that the Atlanta Falcons are placing Vic Beasley on the trading block Friday afternoon, the question now is who is the next man up?

The Atlanta Falcons could plug in Allen Bailey in Vic’s spot. He had six sacks last year for the Chiefs so he does bring some sort of pass-rushing element to the Falcons defense. There is a young gun on the bench for the Falcons that has the motor fans wish Vic Beasley has, John Cominsky.

Cominsky played his college ball at Charleston, a small Division II college in West Virginia, but don’t let that fool you. Hall of Famers like Jerry Rice, John Randle and Shannon Sharpe all played at small colleges.

He hasn’t done much this season playing behind both Beasley and Bailey outside of a few tackles. If you watched Cominsky during the preseason, it was clear he brings something to the table. In the Hall of Fame game, Cominsky accounted for six total tackles including a sack and a fumble recovery on the side.

If  Vic Beasley is in fact traded and Cominsky takes his spot in the starting lineup for the Falcons, it’s very important no one puts too much pressure on the rookie. There will be mistakes and he will be sure to learn from them as he gets more playing time.

There’s no need for the Falcons to use to cap space they could possibly have by trading Beasley to go sign or trade someone else. This also means they wouldn’t need to trade fan-favorite Mohamed Sanu to land a replacement.

The answer is right there on the roster.

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The Falcons didn’t trade up in the draft him just to sit on their bench. Many assumed he was drafted to eventually take over Vic Beasley’s spot in the first place so its time to let him play and see what he can bring to this defense.