By Dane Howell
In 2017 we saw a Cole Beasley we have never seen before. He was finally being fed the ball and he was making the most of his opportunities. This was something Cowboys Nation could not get enough of in 2016, and what most of of us have been looking forward to all offseason coming into the 2017 season. Yet something about the 2017 offense isn’t clicking like it was in 2016 and something to be noted is the less of a role Cole Beasley has taken, but it might not be that lesser of a role because he is part of the reason Terrance Williams has been so open all year.
I can’t help but feel like there has been a lot less of Cole Beasley so far, exactly ½ less of Beasley this year so far.
Let me show how:
2016 first 4 games: 23 rec, 279 yds, 0 TD , and 13 First down catches.
2017 first 4 game: 11 rec, 86 yds, 0 TD , and 6 first down catches.
Now you could say that there are many reasons why this has occurred. You could say it has been the 40% change in the offensive line. You could say it’s having a 100% Dez Bryant back. You could even go as far as to say that Cole Beasley was a one year wonder… but I don’t think that’s the case. Defenses have given Cole “The Sauce” Beasley absolutely no respect in previous years leading up to the 2016 season. After the 2016 season, defenses recognize Beasley as a 3rd down threat. After the halfway point in 2016, teams knew Beasley as Dak’s go to guy on first down. Now going into 2017, defenses are scheming against Dak’s first down machine Cole Beasley. Could this be the reason we are seeing less of Cole Beasley? Or could it be internal issues? I guess we will just have to wait and find out, but if you ask me the only way to avoid the 2nd half break down vs. the Rams is to give the rock to Zeke more, and to get Beasley open on 3rd down.
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