Beasley looking like a keeper on the corner

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:45 PM ET

The Bomber offence was going nowhere fast on Sunday against the Argos, so at half-time Paul LaPolice asked the defence to go out and take the ball away.

So that’s what they did.

More specifically, that’s what Deon Beasley did, treating himself to a superb game on his 23rd birthday.

First, the rookie cornerback out of the University of Texas recovered a fumble that Jovon Johnson ripped out of James Robinson’s hands.

On Toronto’s next drive, Beasley intercepted Cleo Lemon for his first pick as a pro.

While you can’t necessarily proclaim Beasley is the reason why the Bombers defence is playing superbly these days, you can point out that they’ve been stifling since he was inserted into the starting lineup for the Labour Day Classic.

“They tried to try me a couple times, and that’s what I want,” Beasley said. “The more they try me, the more I can prove that where I’m at is where I’m supposed to be. I like it.

“I come with not necessarily arrogance, but confidence. I want to clear that up.”

The Bombers probably don’t care if he’s a Grade A jerk. If he keeps playing the way he has in his three starts, GM Joe Mack just may have found a keeper on the corner.

The odd part is the only reason Beasley was inserted into the starting lineup was due to a knee injury to outside linebacker Bernard Hicks on Aug. 19. Clint Kent moved from halfback to replace Hicks, Johnson moved from cornerback to halfback, and Beasley went to the corner.

Beasley and Johnson are already making a name for themselves as a dynamic duo on the short side of the field.

“Playing next to an all-star like J. J., it doesn’t get any better than that,” said Beasley, who views himself as a receiver playing defensive back due to his pass-catching days as a youngster. “The guy tells me what’s going to happen before it even happens. It’s up to me to listen.

“… With my little athletic ability that I have and Jovon’s great athletic ability that he has, we can put something together and make something good.”

Beasley will get a gauge of just how good that something can be on Friday night when he tries to shut down Anthony Calvillo and the explosive Montreal Alouettes receiving corps.


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