After starting his Titans tenure off on the wrong foot, Vic Beasley is ready to move forward and get back on the field.
A lingering knee ailment led to back-to-back inactive designations for the formidable pass rusher to begin the year. But, after being cleared to play following a full week of practice, Beasley told reporters Friday that he's excited to make his debut.
"Physically, I am at the point where I feel like I can play," Beasley said in his first video conference call since joining the team. "So going forward, that decision is up to the training staff and whether they feel like I am able to go out there and perform. You can't just go out there and play, you have to go out there and be effective, and make a difference.
"Mentally, I am happy. I am good on the scheme of the defense. I think I am in a good place right now on both ends."
There was a time during the offseason where there were questions abound regarding the 28-year-old's mindset. Back in early August, Beasley was fined $500,000 for mysteriously missing 10 days of training camp. Neither Beasley nor the team have provided an explanation on the cause of his unexcused absence in the weeks since.