Jon Beason | Carolina Panthers | LB
2012 Experience: 6th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: Watching Jon Beason getting carted off the field week one last year was a painful thing. No, I didn’t have him in any of my leagues, but he’s such a good player, and you just hate to watch and Achilles injury cut him down.
Unlike ACL injuries, we can’t say for sure that Beason will ever be the same player again, and it’s likely he won’t. At this time, the Panthers are steadfast in saying Beason will play the middle while first-round pick Luke Kuechly will play on the weakside.
Who knows how long that will last if Beason struggles in training camp, and it’s likely Kuechly will replace him at some point.
Look to Beason as nothing more than an LB3 on draft day that could produce as an LB2 if he can keep a three down role.
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
If I had to pick a movie that would sum up my thoughts about what Jon Beason’s 2011 season will be it would have to be, “The Empire Strikes Back.” Last year Beason was moved over to weak-side linebacker to start the season and clearly wasn’t as dominant as we’ve come to expect in his first three seasons as a pro.
Now, Beason is back in the middle and will remain in the comfort zone position he’s grown accustomed to playing in since he’s been with the Panthers. It should be another slow season for Carolina’s passing attack as they are projected to lose Steve Smith to a trade, and they will likely go with young receivers and a rookie quarterback in Cam Newton.
When the Panther fall behind in games, and the offense is ineffective, Beason will be on the field more and the opposing team will be running the football. That should translate into some big days for Beason, and I expect his solo tackles to move back over 110 as he lands close to 140 tackles on the season. This year we have Beason as the No.3 overall linebacker to select after Patrick Willis and Jerod Mayo.
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2010 IDP Fantasy Football Outlook
After Thomas Davis went down with another ACL setback the Panthers worked Jon Beason out as the weak-side linebacker. While this is an interesting move we will have to see if they are still working this way in preseason as Dan Conner would take over in the middle. Beason should be one of the top IDP tackle-heavy linebackers even if he does spend some time on the weak-side this year.