Ever since his arrival, Cole Beasley has been a bit of a cult hero in Cowboys Land. Bill Parcells probably would have branded the diminutive receiver from SMU as a “Pet Cat” A Pet Cat is simply an underdog we love to cheer for.
Beasley may have once been an underdog on the Cowboys but not anymore. Last season the 5’8” 180 lbs slot receiver collected 39 receptions for 368 yards and 2 TDs. Those are by no means, underdog numbers. Those are numbers established slot receivers get. Now Cole and the Cowboys coaching staff have bigger ambitions for the 25 year old.
We’re moving him around a little bit,” said receivers coach, Derek Dooley to the Fort Worth Star Telegram. “But he’s really expanding his route inventory, so because of that, he’s going to be a much better player than he was last year.”
Last season the Cowboys struggled finding suitable depth on the outside. With Miles Austin perpetually injured, the Cowboys primarily rolled with Dez Bryant and Terrence Williams on the outside. On the few occasions Beasley moved outside, he was often smothered by the coverage and effectively a non-factor.
2014 will be much different. Dez is getting work from multiple locations. Keeping Dez on the move will prevent defenses from locking in on him and taking him out of games. Austin is now gone and Williams is able to focus on perfecting his route tree from the outside.
Devin Street was drafted this May in the fifth round and already looks like a contender on the outside. His crisp routes and tall frame give him a decided advantage.
But now Beasley is working to improve his versatility as well. The more versatile the player the more opportunities he will see. So far things look to be working well but the real test will be in training camp.
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