Cole Beasley: Cowboys Sleeping Giant

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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.

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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.

Gavin EscobarIn 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”

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My first thought was; ya think? It took them all this long to figure that out?  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.

Terrance WilliamsDespite 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 labeled  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.

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  • Californy

    If The Cowboy have not taken notice, Im sure the NFL has.  The secret is out, there is no way in hell they be able to put that back into the bottle

  • Californy

    It sadden me to hear the news about Kellen Moore.  All he need was a chance, with 2 QB playing sub par they never even look his way.  I wished him the best in the NFL, I just hope he goes to a team that see what I see in him as player

  • Californy

    Beasley is so dangerous because he can spin on a dime, he can change direction very easily without losing much speed.  I always saw Beasley as a rb type of player.  They too have this type of ability in attacking the underneath Zone

  • gcarr1213

    Cowboys waived Kellen Moore. All this tells me is that if Garrett ran things when Romo was coming on, he would have cut Romo too without giving him a chance. Cutting Moore and keeping Weeden tells you all we need to know about our player evaluations. Will never understand why they wouldn’t even give Moore a shot, we are losing anyway, worst case scenario, what do we lose even worse? This team is pathetic at evaluating QB. They had Manziel rated higher than Martin and was one of the highest rated players on their board. Wade Wilson and whoever scouts QB for us needs to be done.

  • Californy

    I dont Think Moore is Practice squad eligible, I think he has to move on where he is appreciated.  I want to see him play in the nFL before he starts his other career as a Football  Head coach

  • Californy

    I dont Think Moore is Practice squad eligible, I think he has to move on where he is appreciated.  I want to see him play in the nFL before he starts his other career as a Football  Head coach

  • gcarr1213

    I’ve already scouted replacements for Williams in the upcoming draft. Josh Doctson from TCU looks promising. Sad I see two good TE in this draft, and we can’t afford to draft one, because this team wasted their 2nd rounder on Escobust.

  • gcarr1213 My gut tells me it’s McClay and the Jones family

  • Californy

    I like the wr who learn to catch with their hands verse trying to cradle it with their body

  • Californy They may be trying to get him to the practice squad. Hopefully he doesn’t get poached like Sendejo did

  • gcarr1213

    Californy Josh Doctson from TCU has vaccuums for hands, if it gets anywhere near him it’s as good as caught.

  • Californy I have said that since he was at SMU.

  • gcarr1213

    I wish people would stop talking about my favorite DT Jarran Reed already, people are starting to take notice of how good he is. Is it bad if I wish for him to have a few bad games before the draft starts. I really want him.

  • Californy

    gcarr1213 I believe we drop the ball when we gave away the draft pick due to us next year.  As the Cowboy season seem to tank those pick are becoming more valuable

  • gcarr1213

    CowgirlCas22 Californy Jameil Showers is also on the PS. I think he couldn’t do any worse than Weeden and Cassel.

  • gcarr1213

    Californy gcarr1213 What draft pick. I don’t remember giving away a draft pick.

  • gcarr1213

    I already had a mock draft in which Dallas drafted Darron Lee the LB for OSU in round 1 and Jarran Reed the DT from Alabama in round 2.

  • Californy

    gcarr1213 Californy Didnt we trade a draft Pick for the Seattle RB.

  • gcarr1213

    Californy gcarr1213 I think it was a 7th round pick for Michael, Dallas stole Smith off their PS.

  • Californy

    gcarr1213 I believe next year some good draft pick will drop because of 2015 Football injuries, at my Arizona State LB, and UCLA LB, and the Pittsburg RB.

  • gcarr1213

    I thought Beasley was gone for a third TD, I guess I didn’t see the S pre snap that had an angle on him.

  • gcarr1213

    Californy gcarr1213 Forny you chose some injured players there. UCLA LB is Myles Jack who tore his ACL, should be fine though. The Pittsburgh RB is Jame Connor and he too tore his ACL or MCL forgot which.

  • gcarr1213

    He just ruins everything and would tick off a lot of OC having to gameplan against him. Two guys isn’t enough to contain him.

  • Californy

    I dont like injured player but these player are worth a look especially if they drop a round or two

  • gcarr1213

    Californy Myles Jack is still considered a top 15 pick surprisingly I don’t agree not with the injury. At best Connor was a third round back. He is a strong runner, but doesn’t block all that well, and I didn’t see him catch all that much either.

  • Californy

    I rather stick with rebuilding the LB corps than drafting another wr.  I believe the UCLA LB coach will be a valuable asset to the Cowboys should they clean house after the year

  • gcarr1213

    Seemed to me in every situation we punted, Witten was open on the third down, and Cassel didn’t see him. This is just me but Romo didn’t have issues finding him and neither did Kitna. Just taking a wild guess here, but is it because Cassel sucks?

  • gcarr1213

    Californy I think Doctson is a 2nd round guy right now. I don’t think we clean house, wish we did though because if we did bring on Urban Meyer. Cris Petersen will never leave college ball.

  • Californy

    gcarr1213 I believe most fans predicted a interception from Cassel, I know I was looking for it.  He just fortunate that Dez wanted the ball more than the DB, when he threw it up fro grabs

  • gcarr1213

    Californy gcarr1213 I honestly think Cassel was trying to throw it out of bounds, and Dez just somehow got it. I swear the way the ball was thrown, it was going out of bounds.

  • Californy

    gcarr1213 Californy I believe Chris Peterson is looking at The Seattle job when it become open,  Inever understood why he didnt go to the bigger program at USC.  I think Peterson has a plan, and it is working

  • gcarr1213

    Dealing with the injury bug, I don’t want any more players with issues. And I don’t want a single player in this draft with legal trouble either.

  • Californy

    I believe Cowboys need to upgrade the LB Position coach spot, for me this has been a major weakest for them.

  • Californy

    gcarr1213 Doesnt OSU have a rb who broke the 420 yard barrier last year in one game, he must have a down year, I haven’t heard from him this year

  • gcarr1213

    Californy gcarr1213 Ezekiel Elliott is still going strong, he hasn’t had less than 100 yards all season. Just kind of overshadowed by Fournette.

  • Californy

    gcarr1213 Californy Im behind on my College scouting.  I have yet to see that LSU RB you mention Fournette.

  • gcarr1213 Californy I said from the get go it loooked like Cassel was trying to throw that away

  • gcarr1213 Californy I said from the get go it loooked like Cassel was trying to throw that away

  • Californy gcarr1213 I know we did

  • Californy I would like to have the LB coach from Penn State or the U

  • gcarr1213 The crazy part is: despite having 9 catches he was open more than that lol

  • gcarr1213 we need a 1 tech in the 1st round. This team continues to get gashed up the middle and rarely collapses the pocket. QBs can usually step up and deliver a strike.

  • Californy I would like to see Ken Norton Jr in that position, but he wont work for Jerry.

  • gcarr1213 I had to change the end of my article. I had written it before I knew Moore was waived. It never ceases to amaze me how incompetent the Cowboys staff is. They are 0-6 with the current QBs and cut a guy before giving him a chance. I hope a QB starved team like the 49ers snatches him up, or any team running a west coast offense. He is better than a lot of guys starting in this league. Just think, Blaine Gabbert has a starting job.

  • gcarr1213 Californy I still want Jon Gruden

  • Californy gcarr1213 He would never work for Jerry. He isn’t a yes man

  • Defense 28

    CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213  while we are doing that can we get a real safety who actually knows how to take angles on the receivers I am so tired of watching Wilcox

  • Defense 28

    CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213  while we are doing that can we get a real safety who actually knows how to take angles on the receivers I am so tired of watching Wilcox

  • gcarr1213

    Defense 28 CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213 I think Dallas addresses SS in FA. George Illoka or Tony Jefferson, I think might fill that role. I like Iloka more, but i have a feeling Dallas will go after Jefferson.

  • gcarr1213

    I don’t think Garrett or Linehan told Cassel to avoid Beasley. I just don’t think Cassel is a good QB and doesn’t see how routes develop. As I said on just about every key third down Witten was open, they had no answer for him on third down. I saw missed opportunities for the QB to make a play with a guy open. I want Williams replacement, I like Williams a lot, but he isn’t helping me by drawing flags and dropping passes.

  • gcarr1213

    Williams is just another receiver who was made by Romo. Romo made Crayton, Hurd, Austin, Robinson, Ogletree to an extent, and Williams. Brady isn’t the only QB who makes average or below average receivers look decent.

  • gcarr1213

    Dallas is currently drafting 7th overall, I think that’s too early for a 1 tech. I would trade down and get Darron Lee or Jarran Reed. Decent chance both could be there in the 2nd round.

  • gcarr1213

    Dallas is currently drafting 7th overall, I think that’s too early for a 1 tech. I would trade down and get Darron Lee or Jarran Reed. Decent chance both could be there in the 2nd round.

  • BigDIndiana

    CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213  Malcolm Jenkins had Cole Beasley nightmares. Later in the game I noticed they took him off Beasley and started other coverages. At least they started to get some chemistry. You actually have to throw the ball to someone to get chemistry. He figured it out.

  • BigDIndiana

    CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213  Malcolm Jenkins had Cole Beasley nightmares. Later in the game I noticed they took him off Beasley and started other coverages. At least they started to get some chemistry. You actually have to throw the ball to someone to get chemistry. He figured it out.

  • BigDIndiana

    Californy gcarr1213  I have seen him several times. 230 lbs and doesn’t get caught from behind much. Only a sophomore. Derrick Henry from Bama might be a good pickup.

  • BigDIndiana

    gcarr1213  If I had my choice I’d take Robert NKemdiche. One of the most athletic DLine I have seen in college. True penetrator that would be ideal for Marinelli. They actually throw swing passes out of the backfield to this guy as a RB, and he scored on one.

  • BigDIndiana

    gcarr1213  I think they try to put him back on the practice squad. With a good chance Lee might not play this week and Hitchens questionable they needed the LB depth. I think we all here would have put Weeden on the street, oh well.

  • BigDIndiana

    gcarr1213  Nope, stay put and take Robert NKemdiche 🙂 Most I’ve wanted a player in the 1st in a while. Defense a priority.

  • BigDIndiana

    gcarr1213  Nope, stay put and take Robert NKemdiche 🙂 Most I’ve wanted a player in the 1st in a while. Defense a priority.

  • BigDIndiana

    gcarr1213  Seems Cassel can only go through maybe two reads and get the ball out, if that. He is just not fast about reading and delivering. Weeden is worse. Took him 3 games to even look at Bease. Escobar started the first 2 games with 4 catches and a TD under Romo and I don’t think him or Weeden ever even gets to him in reads, no catches since. One of Romos attributes is he reads a D quick and can run through his progressions fast (like Moore) and that seperates the good ones.

  • BigDIndiana

    CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213 Californy  I would like to think not with Dez there. If I was back there I would find Dez if in trouble and just throw it up for grabs. But after the deep INT towards TWil, the most underthrown ball I have ever seen, and the underthrow to Dez last week (lucky he played defense) I wouldn’t doubt it. Anything past 30 yards or so is junk.

  • gcarr1213

    BigDIndiana gcarr1213 Robert is a 3 tech, and we already have one in Crawford, we need a 1. You also have to figure David Irving fills the spot of a rotating DE/DT. I don’t think Hardy is here next season.

  • gcarr1213

    BigDIndiana gcarr1213 Robert is a 3 tech, and we already have one in Crawford, we need a 1. You also have to figure David Irving fills the spot of a rotating DE/DT. I don’t think Hardy is here next season.

  • gcarr1213

    Kellen Moore cleared waivers and is now on the PS. The way I see it, is that when Romo comes back, is Weeden will be cut. Still don’t understand why Weeden is on the team.

  • gcarr1213 Rumor has it the Colts and a couple other teams showed interest, but he wanted to stay in Dallas

  • gcarr1213 Rumor has it the Colts and a couple other teams showed interest, but he wanted to stay in Dallas

  • gcarr1213 way too early to look at where the Cowboys pick, but at 7 I would stay and go best available player

  • BigDIndiana gcarr1213 Now you made me want to study him already

  • gcarr1213 Amen to that. What would Dez do with some of the bums starting in the NFL?

  • gcarr1213 That’s why I wanted Strong in the draft or recently to poach McBride from the Jags PS

  • BigDIndiana gcarr1213 That is what makes Moore so special. He can make all 5 post snap reads in less than 2 seconds and deliver a strike.

  • gcarr1213 I still say he usually goes off of his pre snap read. He stares down his Rec a lot too

  • BigDIndiana CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213 Californy either way, Cassel has gotten lucky on multiple passes that should have been picked

  • ItsaMeaMario

    Why does it matter where the player is listed on the depth chart? It’s not like Bease is being kept on the bench because of TWill or Street… His lack of production so far this season has been more on the fact that Dunbar was borderline dominant and looking like a far better option than Bease before going out and after that for some crazy reason the QB just didn’t appear to be looking his way…

  • gcarr1213

    albeam17 BigDIndiana gcarr1213 Nkemdiche is good, just isn’t strong enough to handle double teams in the run game yet.

  • gcarr1213

    albeam17 gcarr1213 My guess is same as Fitzgerald. You need at least an average QB to get you the football.

  • BigDIndiana

    gcarr1213 BigDIndiana  They actually play him all over the line. Could play 3 spots for sure, probably all four. True he isn’t that beefy 1 tech….but not a chance they take a 1 tech in the first.

  • BigDIndiana

    albeam17 BigDIndiana gcarr1213  He is crazy athletic. Never seen a 295 lb guy run like that. They actually play him at RB some and even throw swing passes to him. Can play all four spots, gets double teamed a lot. Not the beefy 1 tech but we wouldn’t draft a 1 tech in the first. I see him as a top ten pick although hardly anyone talks about him.

  • gcarr1213

    BigDIndiana albeam17 gcarr1213 He is getting talked about, but Ole Miss is an average team right now.

  • BigDIndiana

    gcarr1213 BigDIndiana albeam17  Funny they beat Alabama, then someone figured out they can’t cover. DLine guys are beasts, teams are mostly throwing now and that is their Achilles.

  • @ItsaMeaMario Dunbar was so effective mainly because all Weeden did was look for the check down. Bease has been open a lot and neither QB sae him most of the time.

  • BigDIndiana

    CowgirlCas22  Its funny that the few times people seem to have him covered they appear to be guessing. Running for the out route guessing that’s where he goes. Was funny watching Jenkins, who is a decent cover, just whiff on Bease the whole game.

  • BigDIndiana CowgirlCas22 I kept sayin they need to get him out of the box and in to space where he can use his speed, excellent route running ability, change of direction skills  and ability to read protections. He is an ankle breaker. Everyone said no one could cover him 1 on 1 in camp. Not even Scandrick.  I said they need to let him run the option or carry routes deeper down the field where he can take advantage of all that open space out of the slot because defenses always knew what route he was running before he left the line. 
    Once they did that, he did exactly what Edelman does to defenses. I get tired of people saying he needs Dez in there to be successful. Despite being doubled every play against NE he still had 4 catches and was missed several times as well. Beasley is a rare talent and people need to stop trying to take that away from him because no one thought he could do it. 31 GMs passed on him and a lot fans dismissed him. Get over it! The kid is an athletic freak of nature and has the brains to go with it!

  • BigDIndiana CowgirlCas22 I kept sayin they need to get him out of the box and in to space where he can use his speed, excellent route running ability, change of direction skills  and ability to read protections. He is an ankle breaker. Everyone said no one could cover him 1 on 1 in camp. Not even Scandrick.  I said they need to let him run the option or carry routes deeper down the field where he can take advantage of all that open space out of the slot because defenses always knew what route he was running before he left the line. 
    Once they did that, he did exactly what Edelman does to defenses. I get tired of people saying he needs Dez in there to be successful. Despite being doubled every play against NE he still had 4 catches and was missed several times as well. Beasley is a rare talent and people need to stop trying to take that away from him because no one thought he could do it. 31 GMs passed on him and a lot fans dismissed him. Get over it! The kid is an athletic freak of nature and has the brains to go with it!