Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley (11) runs after a reception against Denver Broncos cornerback Tony Carter (32) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

WR Profile and Projection: Dallas Cowboy Cole Beasley

Nov 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) is tackled by New York Giants corner back Terrell Thomas (24) and linebacker Jon Beason (52) during the third quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. Beasley fumbled and the Giants recovered, but the play was later overturned by a Giants penalty. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With only a month to go until the NFL Draft, it seems like a good time to review the roster and assess the WR situation. Miles Austin’s departure leaves the Cowboys in an interesting position heading into the 2014.

Today we continue daily profiles of the Dallas Cowboys’ WR unit. In the end we hope to answer the following questions:

Do the Cowboys need to bring in a reliable veteran to fill Miles Austin’s shoes? Is Terrance Williams able to fill Austin’s shoes as the #2 WR? If Dez Bryant is lost to injury will the Cowboys be able to survive? Who on the current roster is most likely to breakout in 2014?

Look for those answers next week. We will start at the top of the depth chart and move down as the week progresses. Today we take a look at Cole Beasley

Height: 5’8”

Weight: 180

Age: 24

NFL Seasons: 2

2013 Receiving Statistics: 39 receptions / 368 yards / 2 TDs

The diminutive Cole Beasley quickly established himself as a fan favorite in Big D.

The longshot out of SMU made the team in 2012, making key plays down the stretch and earning a shot to fight again in 2013. Beasley didn’t explode onto the scene in 2013 but he did improve on his numbers and was able to again make big plays at key moments for the Cowboys.

Like Dwyane Harris, Beasley is restricted a bit because of his size. The outside receiver spots aren’t a viable option so Beasley is largely one dimensional offensively. At only 180 lbs Beasley isn’t much of contributor on special teams, making his roster spot less than a sure thing. Cole does have some punt return skills but still sits behind Harris on the punt return depth chart. Keep in mind, it’s rare for a team to keep a receiver ranked 3-6 on the depth chart without providing solid special team play.

2014: Expect improvement from Cole Beasley in 2014. He remains a solid weapon out of the slot and should see increased snaps during the season. If injury strikes the Cowboys early, it will be imperative Cole takes advantage or he could be replaced with a less dazzling and more versatile option (like a WR that can man X, Y & Z receiver spots). The biggest thing going for Cole is his obvious chemistry with QB Tony Romo.

2014 Projection: 45 Receptions / 500 yards / 3 TD

Tomorrow: Tim Benford

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