Beck adjusting to NFL

Jordan Beck

From seemingly out of nowhere, Atlanta picked a little-known linebacker from a west coast school in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Jordan Beck has been fighting since that day to get more reps in Atlanta's defensive scheme. He's says the transition from college to the NFL has been difficult.

"It's still football, but everything is completely different. The major thing is the level of competition. Everyone is so much bigger, stronger and faster here that it actually makes you play better, but it's crazy because people are hitting harder. I have been knocked on my butt a few times," said Beck earlier this week.

Still, the rookie middle linebacker gets up every time he gets knocked down and plays on. Beck says the speed and power of playing in Atlanta is not the only thing he's getting used to.

"I enjoy Atlanta – the humidity is the only thing I am not used to yet," he said.

The former Cal Poly star says that playing well on special teams is going to be important for him this fall, but he's not giving up on play at middle linebacker.

"I think special teams are what I need to focus on a lot this year. But I have to be ready at all times to go on defense this year. I am not going to try to rest," he said enthusiastically. "Picking up the defense has been going slow, but well. It's hard to pick up a NFL defense, but I am picking it up slowly."

"I think Coach Mora has this team headed in the right direction. I think we are going to be really good, and a force to be reckoned with this season," said the rookie.

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