Cole Beasley proved that dynamite does in fact come in small packages. His thrashing of an Eagles secondary that led the league in takeaways should send a message to the Cowboys front office and naysayers alike.
In a recent post, Cole Beasley is Key to Offensive success, we not only continued our support of the undrafted standout from SMU, but we stressed his value to the Cowboys offense and said the coaches need to get more creative in the way they used him. Limiting him to nothing but short underneath routes stifled his best traits.
The fact that Cole Beasley was catchless in his first two games under Matt Cassel despite being second on the team with 22 receptions and the most reliable wide receiver on the field in the absence of Dez Bryant, the talking heads said he needs to step up. Obviously they weren’t watching the tape. The problem wasn’t Cole Beasley, Matt Cassel wasn’t even looking for him. He was open on numerous occasions and didn’t get targeted.
In the Eagles game, they not only allowed Beasley to run the option and/or carry some routes down the field, Matt Cassel actually looked for him and he even targeted him in the red zone. All we kept hearing was that Gavin Escobar was going to be this terrific red zone threat and he has far from lived up to the status of a 2nd round pick.
Despite being listed as a starter over Cole Beasley, he has only amassed 4 catches for 24 yards. But hey, he’s big. We kept saying Cole Beasley was “that guy”, but no one listened. He’s too small; was what we kept hearing. Well, dynamite comes in small packages. Ask Bill Belichick.
Cole Beasley hauled in 9 catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles on Sunday. This was not only a career high outing for Beasley, it was the most he had ever been targeted in a game. He is currently two for two in the red zone for TDs. When the commentator said
“This looks like the Julian Edelman movie”
My first thought was; ya think? It took them all this long to figure that out?Â So, how did the talking heads on NFL Network respond? They came off like it was a fluke and made it a point to say don’t run out and grab him in fantasy football, it wont happen again. Really?
If the coaches have any semblance of common sense they will build on this and find more ways to get him involved. They have labeled Terrance Williams as the #2 wide receiver all along, but his performance has proven otherwise. Not to mention, in his 3rd NFL season, he is still dropping passes because he hasn’t learned you catch the ball with your hands, not your body.
Despite being listed as the starter for 7 of the Cowboys 8 games (Beasley has zero starts), being targeted more than Cole Beasley, seeing a lot more snaps, and Beasley having two catchless games because Cassel paid no attention to him, he has only amassed 23 receptions entering week 10 against the Buccaneers.
Only one more than Cole had entering the Eagles game, eight less than the guy who was labeledÂ too small to be a threat outside of the box and deemed not worthy to be listed as a starter.. Again I question the Front offices ability to make the proper personnel decisions.
Matt Cassel found some job security with Cole Beasley Sunday against the Eagles and let’s hope he builds on this new found chemistry against Tampa Bay. Scott Linehan awoke the Cowboys “sleeping Giant” Sunday despite the continued progress stopping by the Cowboys front office and got Cole Beasley more involved in the game plan. He has been the true #2 all along. It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Despite being listed as a starter over Cole Beasley, Devin Street has 3 receptions on the season. It really makes me wonder what would have happened if they ever let Scott Linehan release his other sleeping Giant, Kellen Moore. I digress, Jerry Jones has got to be senile.