The Dallas Cowboys waived Miles Austin in the offseason and then drafted Devin Street in the fifth round, a move that was seen as a steal for the team. However, there are a couple of holdovers at wide receiver that head into preseason this year fighting to keep Street from stealing their jobs. According to ESPN on Thursday, Cole Beasley is one of those receivers who won’t go down without a fight.
Beasley has played for two seasons with Dallas and has 54 receptions for 496 yards and two touchdowns over that time. It was his second season where Beasley started to shine, catching 39 passes for 368 yards and both of those scores. To put it in simple terms, he is a poor man’s Wes Welker, which isn’t so much an insult as it is a description of his small, scrappy and quick play.
With the minicamp practices, Beasley was doing everything he could to get ready for the upcoming position battles. He was running none stop, cutting left and right and extending his hands at the end of each burst, mimicking catching passes. He said that his goal is to work on areas of his game that he has to improve on if he wants to continue with a prominent role in the Dallas Cowboys’ offense.
Right now, the top of the depth chart sees Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams as the starting receivers. With Dallas using a lot of single back formations, it opens up the chance for a slot receiver to step up and make his case. That is where Beasley could fit in. If Williams continues to develop into a major playmaking threat, defenses would have to focus most their attention into single coverage, with Jason Witten playing his role as the big man down the center.
That could give Beasley a lot of opportunities if he beats out Dwayne Harris and Devin Street. Head coach Jason Garrett said that Beasley has a unique change of direction when it comes to his cuts, and that might be a huge advantage in the position battles this spring.