When one looks at Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley, it’s hard not to think of him as a slot receiver.
At 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, Beasley fits the profile of a player who makes his mark by catching passes on the inside in multiple wide receiver sets and he caught 39 passes out of that spot last season. The Cowboys would like to move Dez Bryant around the offense more often in 2014, though, and that’s led them to look at Beasley as a possibility on the outside as well. Coach Jason Garrett thinks Beasley can be successful in that role.
“What helps him out there is his quickness, his change of direction. He’s a very good route runner, and he’s able to kind of create the space that he needs as an outside receiver a lot like he’s able to do inside,” Garrett said, via ESPNDallas.com. “His change of direction is really pretty unique, and he has a real good feel. He’s very quarterback-friendly when he runs his routes. We’re trying to give him opportunities in a lot of different spots. He’s most natural playing inside, but he’s certainly not a non-factor as an outside receiver.”
With no Miles Austin in Dallas, Beasley has a clear shot at the third receiver role and the expanded portfolio reinforces the notion that the Cowboys want him to take that job and run away with it. So does the fact that wide receivers coach Derek Dooley thinks Beasley will be a “much better player” this year, something that would help keep the Cowboys offense strong while they look for the right answers on defense.