Cole Beasley is a prime example of what “heart”, hard work and determination can lead to. Despite all the odds being against him, he is set to take on a bigger role.
A few weeks ago in a video posted on DC.com, Cole Beasley said, every year they try and draft his replacement because of his size. I am sure that was in response to the Cowboys drafting Devin Street and signing L’Damian Washington as an undrafted free agent. He went on to say it has always been that way. He said that he had to prove himself at SMU and he will continue to do so in Dallas.
Anyone who follows my work here at YDCFF knows that I have been shouting Cole Beasley’s name from the roof tops ever since he signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent. Looking back, it amuses me how many naysayers there were back then. Most said he would never survive final cuts his rookie season. I can remember a conversation I had with Bryan Broaddus back then and him mentioning that one of the guys from front office had said,
This kid will be hard to cut. Every day he does something else to get noticed.
Prior to his signing with the Dallas Cowboys I studied a lot of SMU tape in preparation for the draft and there was this tiny lil guy in the slot; who just continued to dazzle me with his quickness and route running. Â He could actually catch too. He just continually made plays that jumped right off of the tape..
At that point, I went and looked where he was projected. I was like wow, Cole Beasley is a perfect candidate for myÂ “The Guys No One is Talking About”Â series. Cole Beasley has developed in to everything I thought he could be. I want to take this opportunity to thank him for not making me look like a damn fool. I am a firm believer in the Landry three year rule. I always say, don’t knock my players until after that time-frame. Guys need time to develop. Hmmm, it’s year 3. Â Where are all of the naysayers now?
Our senior analyst, Al Beam, recently wroteÂ an article titled;Â “Cole Beasley Primed to be Cowboys #3 Wide Receiver”.He believed Beasley had a good chance to be “that guy” who would step up and fill Miles Austin’s former role. It appears as though he was right.
In a recent interview with Nick Eatman from DC.com, Cole Beasley had some interesting stuff to say.
“I am getting to do more of what I was familiar with from college.” Beasley said. “They are letting me do what I do. I am getting to bring some new stuff, and we are keeping a lot of the old stuff too.”
In the past when I had debates with people, it always came back to his size. Â I am here to tell you that “it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” (As my dad and uncle always say). In previous articles we ran here, we explained that despite only being 5 feet 8 inches tall, Cole Beasley can dunk a basketball. I am here to tell you that a lot of people over 6 feet tall can’t do that. That kind of vertical leaping ability enables him to win some jump balls against avg sized CB’s.
Cole Beasley went on to say:
I know what the coaches expect, I know what Romo expects, I feel like me and him have good chemistry out there. I feel like with him knowing where I’m gonna be on different kinds of routes and what he expects from me on those kind of routes.
I always contended that Cole Beasley was the best route runner on the team. As a former QB and a coaches son, he has an in depth understanding of not onlyÂ how defenses work, but the timing between a receiver and the QB… Beasley said,
I’m not getting too many snaps on the outside, like I said, they are just kinda letting me do what I do right now, so um, mainly for me it’s just becoming a complete player so they don’t have to just put me out there in a special group for certain plays.
“I want to be out there for every play, in what they call the “11 personnel”. I just want to be that guy. So really, just being a more complete player; whether it’s blocking on the runs, running more routes downfield, all that stuff. I just want to be a complete player.”
Based on the news coming out of Valley Ranch, Cole Beasley has been getting most of those 1st team reps in the slot. In a recent press conference All-Pro tight end Jason Witten mentioned him ahead of Terrance Williams saying,
“we have some big play makers on this team with Dez and Bease.”
Jason Garrett praised his quickness and change of direction ability. I think the Cowboys bringing in Scott Linehan as the new passing game coordinator was the best thing that could have happened to Cole Beasley. He entered camp completely neutral with no previous attachments to any of the receivers. This enabled him to be objective in his player analysis. Personally, I believe Linehan is more creative and will draw up plays to utilize Beasley’s strengths.
People seem to forget that Cole Beasley had 39 receptions last year only being on the field for 18% of the snaps. By expanding his role to that of the #3 WR, that puts him on course for over 70 catches in 2014. I don’t know about you, but I will be drafting Cole Beasley for my fantasy team this year. He will be one of the biggest sleepers available. If they let Cole Beasley Â do what he does, you will be seeing big plays like the ones illustrated in the video below. He averaged over 80 catches a season at SMU.
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