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Jeremy Beal was impressive in the Denver Broncos' opening preseason game of 2012 when he recorded two sacks against the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter against fourth-string quarterback Matt Blanchard. While he was playing against a lot of players who won’t make the squad next season for the Bears, Beal was impressive. The coaching staff is taking notice.
Coming into the NFL at 262 pounds last season, Beal has put in work to add some bulk in Jack Del Rio’s defense since the NFL combine, now weighing 280 pounds a year later. After a season on the team’s practice squad last year, he is adjusting to the size and speed of NFL-caliber offensive linemen. Beal is saying all the right things (via The Denver Post).
"In college you might see one or two lineman a year, maybe one every three games, that's going to be a pro," Beal said. "The physical part was it for me. So I tried to use my time on the practice squad for something.
"You go against a Pro Bowler like (Ryan) Clady every day, it's going to get you better. Watching Elvis (Dumervil), guys like Champ (Bailey), Dawk (Brian Dawkins), how they (perform as) professionals, watching them work, (you) try to imitate what they do. I feel like I'm 10 times more comfortable right now."
Beal should continue to push for time on the line and could continue to inch up the charts. With Robert Ayers’ recent fall out of the starting spot, it gives him and his teammates a chance to wrangle for the spot.