"The emphasis will still be his nickel end stuff, will still be playing SAM as a blitzer. The majority of his meeting time will be devoted to that. The majority of his individual work pre-practice will be devoted to that. The majority of his practice reps will be devoted to that. And on Sundays, the majority of his reps will be devoted to that.
"The SAM stuff, it's just another way to get one of our best athletes on the grass. It's not going to be anything that's going to take away from anything."
Getting Beasley off the line of scrimmage in obvious running situations should help after he struggled to get off blocks as a rookie.
"Any time we pressured with base last season, we always brought the SAM," Smith. "So, that's part of the package. We can run from an over front and bring him off the open-side edge. We can get in an under front and bring him off the tight end side.
"Really, it's the same situation that we did with Von Miller when we were (in Denver). Beasley is probably better going forward than he is going backward. But also what it does, when you're in the under front, they might turn the protection, then he comes on a blitz and he's caught one on one against a back. We like that matchup."
Despite adding veterans Derrick Shelby, Courtney Upshaw and Brooks Reed on defense, the Falcons' pass rush remains a big question mark entering 2016. Beasley will rush the passer often, because outside of the former No. 8 overall pick, Atlanta doesn't own many options for getting after the quarterback.