Cole Beasley: Mr. Indispensable

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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.

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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 ankle  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.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) catches a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Orton in front of Oakland Raiders defensive back Joselio Hanson during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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.

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  • Lionone1

    All I can say is I would hate to be a defensive coordinator when facing Dallas offense. They have mismatches everywhere and more important the quarterback to take advantage of it.

    • Amen to that. As long as we can find a solid swing tackle, I have no worries as far as the offense goes, other than injuries to the RBs. I am real concerned about the Cowboys run defense though, 29th ranked in the league right now is scary.

      • BigDIndiana

        What scares me is the special teams cover units, they have been awful. Not playing all starters mostly, but holy cow. Losing a Tackle close 2nd. Put me down for 3rd quarter 1st game when Mcflab breaks.

        • Lol ya I don’t have much confidence in McFlab either. ST is also a major concern, but that is easier solved than preserving the running game and keeping Romo upright.

    • I find it amusing that dallascowboys.com posted several articles that spin off of different points I made in this one. Comparing Williams stats to Beasley was laughable at best. He saw a ton more snaps and his completion percentage isn’t in the ball park. Considering Devin Street as experienced enough to step up is also a joke. Yes Dez is hard to cover on crossing routes out of the slot, but they have no one to put outside who will draw the attention he does. If they need to move him all over the field to avoid double coverage, he is not worth $70 million. All the greats beat double coverage on a consistent basis. Trying to make this offense the Dez show, will lead to disaster. If they try and force Escobar on the field because of his draft status, I will scream. He drops too many passes at bad times. NTM a lot of times, he isn’t on the same page as Romo. His lack of blocking skills forces Witten to handle the blocking assignments which takes a HOF player out of the mix. Wittens stats went way down last yr because they wasted a 2nd round pick on a backup TE who can’t block. These are all of the same things Gruden and Al Davis fought about. He wanted a show from his draft picks. Gruden wanted a WR by committee offense which is what wins games.

    • I find it amusing that dallascowboys.com posted several articles that spin off of different points I made in this one. Comparing Williams stats to Beasley was laughable at best. He saw a ton more snaps and his completion percentage isn’t in the ball park. Considering Devin Street as experienced enough to step up is also a joke. Yes Dez is hard to cover on crossing routes out of the slot, but they have no one to put outside who will draw the attention he does. If they need to move him all over the field to avoid double coverage, he is not worth $70 million. All the greats beat double coverage on a consistent basis. Trying to make this offense the Dez show, will lead to disaster. If they try and force Escobar on the field because of his draft status, I will scream. He drops too many passes at bad times. NTM a lot of times, he isn’t on the same page as Romo. His lack of blocking skills forces Witten to handle the blocking assignments which takes a HOF player out of the mix. Wittens stats went way down last yr because they wasted a 2nd round pick on a backup TE who can’t block. These are all of the same things Gruden and Al Davis fought about. He wanted a show from his draft picks. Gruden wanted a WR by committee offense which is what wins games.

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        I don’t feel that way. The reason they are moving Dez is to get different looks. Dez against a LB is easy money. Same with Beasley. Should Dez beat double coverage, yes, but it’s also about being smart and putting your best players in the best possible situations.

  • californy

    I think you have a Crush On Beasley, lol

    • you say that about all my players. Get a grip.

    • BigDIndiana

      I think she is still stuck on the safety :-0

    • BigDIndiana

      I think she is still stuck on the safety :-0

  • californy

    I believe Beasley will be more effective in short passes, the further he get up field the harder it will be for the Cowboy to connect with him. Beasley despite running good pattern, will give a small target if he get up way up field. Where I believe Beasley creates the biggest mismatches is in his ability to create change of direction. I seen him spin back the other way just to shake the CB covering him.

    Beasley success with the Cowboys will be all about his timing and trust with Romo, at throwing at a spot

    • you heard that on TV lol. I watched some tape of training camp, and he gets enough separation and is reliable enough that Romo can pick a spot up the field, throw it, and know Bease will get there. Keep in mind, he has one hell of a vertical leap. He does a double pump reverse dunk in basketball. That is something many guys over 6 ft tall can’t do.

      • BigDIndiana

        Not sure there will be enough balls to go around with TWill coming on, Dez and Witten, to be pro bowl. He has the quickness and hands for it. Didn’t realize he had that kind of vertical to do that dunk at 5′ 8″ that was impressive. I hope Whitehead can show enough to be the punt returner, he is my pet cat for this year. He has clocked a 4.29 and is super quick. Having dropped a punt (maybe that was practice) and fumbled that kickoff Garrett may not trust him enough. LW on punts and Randle on kickoffs maybe?. Mcflab can’t return KOs or as you say…he would break.

        • Anything but Beasley on returns lol. He is too valuable on 3rd down.

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            I wouldn’t risk the Bease on those returns either. He’s going to catch it that’s a given. But he’s too valuable, and if the running game takes a step back he becomes our third down run game. Too valuable, there goes 50 catches if he gets hurt. Dallas needs to either find someone else to do it already on the team or go find someone who can. Even if he is just there to make a fair catch that’s fine, just don’t get a top player on our team hurt.

          • And they all said: AMEN!

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    I wonder what happened to using Beasley on the seam route? A few years ago in preseason they used him there, and every time he caught it, and the LB was left in the dust.

    • Lionone1

      I guess it depends on how the defense aligned during the play. They might be more comfortable with the out. I have seen Dez doing more drag routes and Beas working wheels in training camp.

    • californy

      I dont think LB will be covering Beasley anymore, they put a db on him.

    • it doesn’t matter what route he runs, he breaks ankles. If u watch the tape, he beat double coverage against washington, NYG and a few other teams. That 4th down play in the playoffs was beautiful route running.