With a spate of the injuries in the secondary, the Panthers were unable to use their nickel package for a portion of the third quarter. That left Beason matched up against Bills wideout Stevie Johnson.
Johnson beat Beason on an inside move and got free for a 45-yard reception to the Panthers’ 10, setting up a touchdown. Normally, Beason would have been on the sideline and the Panthers would have had a defensive back on Johnson.
Johnson’s catch was one of five that Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel completed – in five attempts – throwing to receivers covered by Beason, according to Pro Football Focus. The completions went for 112 yards, including 87 yards after the catch.
Johnson gained 35 yards after his catch against Beason.
“People can look into stats all they want to,” Beason said. “I know I’ve got to play better, and that’s what it boils down to.”
Beason blamed poor technique and biting on play fakes for some of his coverage issues. But he also conceded his knee is giving him problems.