March: Cole Beasley
Yes, early in Cole Beasley’s career he sported number 14 for the Dallas Cowboys. Below there is a photo of Beasley in college at SMU where he wore number 11. You might wonder why he went from 11 to 14 and then back to 11. Rudy Carpenter held the number prior to the arrival of “The Bease.”
Rookie Year Retirement?
During Cole’s rookie year in 2012 as an undrafted free agency fighting for a roster spot, he left abruptly during training camp, stating he was dealing with “personal stuff,” and even considered retiring from professional football. He went on to have a sudden change of heart. The Cowboys let him return to training camp and even liked him enough to reward him a spot on the final 53-man roster.
This year paired with quarterback Dak Prescott, Beasley had a breakout season catching 75 passes for 833 yards and 5 touchdowns on 98 targets. His 76.5% catch rate ranked No. 2 among NFL wide receivers in 2016. At a point in the season, Pro Football Focus ranked him as the most valuable and most reliable receiver in the NFL, largely due to his extremyly high catch rate and his consistently on third downs. That is just what he does though.
|Down & Yards to Go||Tgt||Rec||Yds||Y/R||TD||1D||Ctch%||Y/Tgt|
|2nd & 4-6||8||7||76||10.9||0||6||87.5||9.5|
|2nd & 7-9||14||14||128||9.1||0||8||100||9.1|
|2nd & 10+||13||10||147||14.7||0||3||77||11.3|
|3rd & 4-6||11||11||132||12.0||1||10||100||12.0|
|3rd & 7-9||4||2||26||13.0||0||1||50||6.5|
|3rd & 10+||8||4||55||13.8||0||3||50||6.9|
|3rd/4th & short||10||9||100||11.1||1||9||90||10.0|
Next year in a full offseason with QB1, Dak Prescott, Cole Beasley should really thrive in an offense that highly benefits the under routes considering Dak doesn’t force passes and simply goes through his progressions taking what the defense gives him. The Bease could be in line for an 80-85 catch season in 2017.
Published by: Nicco Vocaturo