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Nov 8, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) scores a touchdown on a pass while defended by Philadelphia Eagles free safety

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(27) in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Things we know about the Dallas Cowboys #4 The Cowboys must find Cole Beasley.

We know that Dez Bryant needs the ball early and often. We’ve learned Jason Garrett can’t think creatively or make adjustments when the offense is struggling. What we also know is that this team is at its best when Cole Beasley is getting the ball.

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Cole Beasley is perhaps the Dallas Cowboys biggest mismatch on offense, yet somehow the Dallas Cowboys failed to get him the ball. Beasley, 5’8” 180lbs, isn’t always an easy target for QBs to see. When a large targets like Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar gets open, a QB notices. To see Beasley open, many times you have to be looking for him.

Matt Cassel needs to make a concentrated effort to do this if he want to sustain drives because Cole Beasley is YAC-collecting monster if given the chance. He’s blessed with a low center of gravity, excellent change of direction, and running back vision.

It’s Garrett’s job to put Beasley in position to get open and it’s Cassel’s job to look for him. The Dallas Cowboys are notoriously poor at hitting the hot route against a blitz. Beasley and Witten should always be seen as prime targets for Cassel when being blitzed and it’s up to Cassel to identify it.

There really are enough balls to go around on offense as long as the Cowboys can find a way to convert 3rd downs. With Witten being double covered more often than not, the Cowboys have to utilize Beasley.

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