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Undrafted Cowboys receiver doesn’t like Wes Welker comparisons

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If you’re an undrafted wide receiver of a certain size, there are worse things for people to do than compare you to Wes Welker.

Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley wasn’t drafted out of SMU and is 5’8″ and 182 pounds, facts that make Welker a natural measuring stick although it is one that Beasley prefers people not use when talking about him. The issue isn’t humility about comparisons to a guy with 111 or more catches in four of the last five years, it is because Beasley thinks he brings more to the table than the Patriots wideout.

“I get tired of it a little bit because I feel like I have a little bit more speed than Wes Welker does,” Beasley said on 105.3 in Dallas, via the Dallas Morning News. “He’s got a little bigger frame than me but I feel like I’ve got a little more versatility to my game than he does. I do have similarities with him but I feel like I can play a little bit more outside, as well as inside.”

While there’s certainly nothing demeaning about a Welker comparison — Beasley credits Welker with opening a door into the NFL even as he chides him for not reeling in a pass late in the Super Bowl — it’s become a common shorthand to compare receivers who project to the slot to Welker. Such comparisons ignore the fact that there have been plenty of other receivers of smaller stature that have made it to the NFL.

Percy Harvin isn’t much bigger, for example, but Beasley doesn’t draw that comparison even though his description of himself that sounds similar to what the Vikings receiver does on the field. We’ll cop to not knowing enough about Beasley’s game to say what comparison, if any, is more apt, but going right to Welker feels like taking the easy route.

Race certainly plays a role in that because looking at Beasley, who is Caucasian, calls Welker to mind more than it does an African-American receiver. The same thing happened when Cam Newton was getting compared to JaMarcus Russell before he was drafted by the Panthers and across all sports it is rare to see players compared to those of other races. It’s a lazy habit that doesn’t serve anyone all that well.

Regardless of who he reminds you of, Beasley’s confidence can’t hurt him as he tries to earn a spot on the Cowboys roster this summer.

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13 Responses to “Undrafted Cowboys receiver doesn’t like Wes Welker comparisons”
  1. blakspartan says: Jul 11, 2012 9:10 AM

    This guy just needs to be thankful someone picked him up, stop worrying about who you are compared to just get out there and play to the best of your ability, CLOWN

  2. talkintrashallday says: Jul 11, 2012 9:11 AM

    it’s because they’re both White. simple as that.

  3. jenniferxxx says: Jul 11, 2012 9:14 AM

    He should be so lucky.

  4. rdrdrs58 says: Jul 11, 2012 9:22 AM

    If he brought that much to the table, he would have been drafted… be glad that you’re being compared to Wes Welker… in a few weeks you’ll be compared to Jeremy Bloom…

  5. seahulk9 says: Jul 11, 2012 9:23 AM

    don’t you dare compare me to a hall of fame wr!!!!!!!!I’m way better than him

    dear player nobody has ever heard of,
    why would you ever say something so absurd.?? I’m sure you will be great on the practice squad

  6. cainl says: Jul 11, 2012 9:47 AM

    Why does everything have to be a Race things… There not being compared because of their race it because of there size.!!! This Guy says he’s a little faster the Welker if that is the case great but I seriously doubt that he can run a 4.37 40 or create mismatches as Percy Harvin has done his entire career.

  7. schmitty2 says: Jul 11, 2012 9:47 AM

    If he thinks he brings more to the table than Welker he would have been drafted by someone..plain and simple

  8. 11jlacy says: Jul 11, 2012 10:07 AM

    A rookie dont take wrong thats a good thing wes get it done u just play ur game.

  9. cwmorga says: Jul 11, 2012 10:36 AM

    @schmitty2 says: Jul 11, 2012 9:47 AM

    If he thinks he brings more to the table than Welker he would have been drafted by someone..plain and simple

    I hope that’s a joke considering Welker was undrafted.

  10. contract says: Jul 11, 2012 10:38 AM

    I’m pretty sure that Cam Newton was compared to Vince Young. Comparing him to JaMarcus Russell would’ve been asinine.

  11. johntonioholmes says: Jul 11, 2012 11:31 AM

    You have a little bit more speed, and Welker has a little bit more talent and what is sure to be a more productive career.

  12. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jul 11, 2012 12:18 PM

    Apparently you can’t say that every white wide receiver is compared to Wes Welker, even if he’s 6’4″ and slow.

  13. akfirefightr says: Jul 11, 2012 3:51 PM

    Whats wrong with confidence? Guess we will see in a couple months!

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