Cole Beasley was not only ranked the best player in training camp this year by the staff at Dallas Cowboys.com, he has shined in the preseason games as well.
Cole Beasley appears to be the top candidate and the one most trusted to field punts this year. Special Teams Coach Bisacia said you can’t touch Beasley in a phone booth. He showed off his open field running ability when he made ankleÂ breaking cut back to turn what looked like a minimal gain, in to a decent return vs the Vikings Saturday. This is both good and bad.
The reality of the situation is: there is no one behind the three starters (Bryant, Beasley, Williams) to effectively fill the void if one of them get injured. Cole Beasley is the only one of the three you ever heard all of the analysts say “No One Can Cover Him” about. In fact, most years, Dez Bryant has stolen the show in training camp, but I have never heard anyone say that about him. Yes he is the #1 receiver on the team, but he plays on the outside and the top corners can keep him pinned to the sideline. Beasley on the other hand, is so quick and shifty, combined with his elite change of direction skills and ability to read defenses, he is a mismatch nightmare with all of that open space. Combine that with his hands like glue and blazing speed, he should have a much larger role in the offense this year. If you are in a PPR league, grab him, he will become Romo’s go to guy this year. Especially on 3rd down.
Cole Beasley is not only the most reliable of the three with a 77% completion percentage, he is the best route runner. The Dallas Cowboys franchise QB, Tony Romo, not only said Beasley was good enough to play anywhere in the NFL, he said he trusts him because he always seems to see what he sees. As a former QB, that is much easier for Beasley than most receivers. He is a perfect example of being QB friendly.
As much as I like what Cole Beasley brings to the kicking game, at this point, he is too valuable to the offense to risk having him get injured as the primary punt returner. If Lucky Whitehead earns a spot on this roster, he will need to be able to contribute on special teams. Therefore, I can’t see risking the most reliable receiver on the team ending up all banged up and having his career shortened like Danny Amendola.
There isn’t another receiver on the offense who can bring the knowledge of the system, the experience and the ability to be as effective as the three starters. None of them are as QB friendly as Cole Beasley nor as effective on third down, which in my mind, outside of Tony Romo, makes him Mr. Indispensable for the 2015 NFL season. Keep in mind, Beasley hauled in 37 receptions and racked up 4 TDs in 2014 only seeing about 25% of the snaps. If Beasley gets targeted as much this year as I expect, he will have a Pro Bowl season and be a deadly weapon in Fantasy Football. The Cowboys front office needs to make sure he is healthy for the post season.