Cole Beasley’s New Involvement With Cowboys Offense Could Lead To Big Payday
Cole Beasley has done much to enhance his image with the Dallas Cowboys during his first two years in the NFL. He’s played hurt, has fielded punts, and came up with several clutch receptions during last season’s stretch-run. With his do-it-all attitude, short stature, and blonde curly hair, it’s little wonder that Beasley has become a favorite in Dallas with both fans and coaches.
The upcoming season will give him a chance to endear himself to NFL management. Yes, Beasley, a virtual nobody when he arrived, has a grand opportunity in 2014 to become a financial somebody.
Beasley has insisted that he’s not concerned over the prospect of entering the final year of his $1.44 million rookie contract, choosing to focus himself rather on “making the team.”
Such is the life of an underdog, and a perspective most refreshing coming from the bombastic confines of Valley Ranch. Even with the No. 3 receiver position being handed to him on a silver platter, Beasley still feels like he has something to prove.
Since signing with the Cowboys as an undrafted free-agent out of SMU, the 5-8 Beasley has caught 54 passes for 496 yards and a pair of touchdown grabs last season while serving primarily as the team’s fourth or fifth wideout. After topping out at nearly 40 receptions in his sophomore campaign, Beasley’s production should continue to increase in 2014 with the departure of receiver Miles Austin to Cleveland.
Used mostly as a situational player out of the slot, Beasley has been working hard this off-season on becoming a better outside receiver, often switching spots with Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams during practice. Despite his small frame, Cowboys de-facto offensive coordinator Scott Linehan believes that Beasley’s superior quickness enables him to be a weapon on the outside, while allowing Bryant or Williams to move in closer when needed.
It’s a win-win situation for the Cowboys…just so long as Beasley holds up his end of the bargain.
“I played outside maybe 10 plays my senior year in college,’ Beasley recalled during June’s mini-camp. “That’s probably the most I got before getting here.”
So far, so good. Beasley’s lone catch in the Cowboys’ preseason opener in San Diego came when he was lined-up wide.
He’s short. He’s lanky. But if his track-record is indicative of anything, Cole Beasley will very shortly be paid like a big man. If not in Dallas, then surely elsewhere.