KELVIN BEACHUM CHRISTIAN FAITH
Kelvin Beachum is a Christian athlete who lives out his faith. He believes athletics are a platform to serve others. An Offensive Tackle for the New York Jets, Beachum was drafted in the 7th round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2012 draft. He played in Pittsburgh for four seasons. As a Jet, Beachum has played every game and started every game. For the 2018-19 season, Kelvin was the Jet’s representative to be nominated for the NFL’s prestigious Walter Payton Award, Kelvin is focused on making a difference wherever the Lord takes him. .This week we focus on Kelvin Beachum in “The Secret Ingredient.”
Beachum made his first start for the Jacksonville Jaguars in their season-opening 27-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He suffered a concussion in a Week 2 matchup against the San Diego Chargers and was inactive for Week 3. He returned the following game and started the last 13 games of the regular season. Beachum finished his first season with the Jaguars starting in 15 games and was considered a disappointment after surrendering 49 quarterback pressures. The 49 quarterback pressures was the 11th most by any offensive tackles in 2016. He received a 44.3 PFF production grade that ranked him 63rd out of 78th offensive tackles that qualified.
On February 15, 2017, the Jaguars declined Beachum’s four-year option, making him a free agent.
On March 10, 2017, the New York Jets signed Beachum to a three-year, $24 million contract that includes $12 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $4.5 million.
He entered training camp competing against Ben Ijalana for the job as the starting left tackle that was left vacant after the departure of Ryan Clady. Head coach Todd Bowles named Beachum the starting left tackle to begin the regular season. He started all 16 games for the Jets in 2017 and performed fairly well, receiving a 72.7 overall grade by Pro Football Focus. In comparison, the New York Jets former starting left tackle, Ryan Clady, received an overall grade of 47.2 from Pro Football Focus in 2016.
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Beachum entered his final year on his rookie contract in 2015 and started the regular season at left tackle. On October 18, 2015, he left during a 25-13 victory over the Arizona Cardinals after tearing his left ACL. He was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.
On March 9, 2016, Beachum became a free agent and was ranked by PFF as the second best free agent offensive tackle behind Cordy Glenn. He met with multiple teams, including the New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, and Jacksonville Jaguars.
While with the Steelers, he appeared in 44 games with 39 starts.
On March 15, 2016, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Beachum to a one-year, $5 million contract that includes a four-year, $40 million option with $1.5 million guaranteed.
He entered his first training camp with the Jaguars competing with Luke Joeckel to be the starting left tackle. On August 30, 2016, head coach Gus Bradley named him the starting left tackle to begin the regular season.
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