Cole Beasley’s route tree has expanded as he seeks bounce-back season

AP

Cole Beasley led the Cowboys in catches and yards in 2016. Dez Bryant might have been the team’s No. 1 receiver in name that season, but Beasley was Dak Prescott‘s favorite target.

Last season, though, Beasley caught only 36 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns.

“It was very frustrating, man,” Beasley said. “No one wants to have a good year and come back and have the worst year of their career. It was definitely frustrating. A lot of things I had to fight through, but I feel like that season has made me better today because of it.”

Beasley, 29, enters an important season. He is in the final year of a four-year contract, set to become a free agent in March.

He expects a bounce-back season.

“I don’t see why not,” Beasley said. “I’ve been working as hard as ever. I think last season was a good thing for all of us. It added like a hunger to our group. A lot of people pushed us to the side this offseason and they’re sleeping on us, but that gives us a chance to prove a lot of people wrong.”

Beasley’s route tree has expanded. The Cowboys have moved him around this offseason, working him at the “X, Y, Z, F, everywhere pretty much.” It will give Beasley a chance to show he’s more than just a slot receiver.

“I’m excited man,” Beasley said. “I’ve never had this many things I could do and really given a chance to do all these things. I really think it’s just going to open up the stuff I’m good at and help me out in the long run.”

Beasley said he has benefited from the addition of receivers coach Sanjay Lal.

“It just feels like this is the first time I’m being taught how to actually run routes instead of just naturally doing them,” Beasley said. “It’s kind of different. When you get to the NFL it’s like you’re already supposed to know, stuff is assumed.

“But he doesn’t assume anything and he takes it from the basics all the way to the advanced stuff, starting from the bottom.”

12 responses to “Cole Beasley’s route tree has expanded as he seeks bounce-back season

  1. So, he’s entering his 7th year in professional football and he needs to be taught to run routes? This is their # 1 receiver by the way. I thought they got rid of Bryant because he was an undisciplined route runner.

  2. don’t get me started ! all the receivers had down years didn’t they ? what’s the common denominator

  3. The common denominator was missing Smith for seven games. When your missing your all pro LT and have NO depth to back him then your qb gets clobbered and starts to have happy feet. This being said it was past time for a new wr coach since the last cat obviously did nothing. But bottom line Dez was nothing but a major distraction period.

    But tell us all how this falls only on Dak, you know our second year qb drafted in round four ROY stud whom in just two seasons have some of the best stats in football.

  4. “The Truth says:
    June 13, 2018 at 1:38 pm
    don’t get me started ! all the receivers had down years didn’t they ? what’s the common denominator”

    Ronald Leary leaving, Doug Free retiring, Tyron Smith getting hurt, Chaz Green being Chaz Green, Zeneca suspension….

  5. Hearing all the Cowboys fans excuses, waiting for the America’s team mantra, makes me realize football is right around the corner. Besides Elliott, this team scares no one and will mire in mediocrity. It’s like going to the beach , the ocean will always be there. It’s a rice of passage.

  6. So now Cole Beasley’s throwing the previous WR coach under the bus because he failed to work on route techniques? What other gems can he offer that show his lack of preparation? He better learn all the routes with Brice gone and Williams certainly to be suspended.

  7. 700levelvet says:
    June 13, 2018 at 1:30 pm
    So, he’s entering his 7th year in professional football and he needs to be taught to run routes? This is their # 1 receiver by the way. I thought they got rid of Bryant because he was an undisciplined route runner.

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    Pretty sure Allen Hurns is the #1 on the depth chart if you want to be all official

  8. OH, I’m sorry I forgot about the undrafted free agent who had 39 catches last year… my bad

  9. When you are a professional athlete and you have to attend a camp put on by Randy Moss on how to run routes (not taking anything away from Moss) and other receivers can’t run routes maybe they should of hired a WR coach a long time ago.

  10. The only thing that actually has me in an “I wander” type mentality here is this :

    I feel very good about all I’ve read about Sanjay Lal
    I’m expecting him to elevate the WR to heights that exceed recent successful seasons period

    With this being g said, we have a stable of very talented receivers as did we last year in the RB category
    Receivers that are very promising to say the least

    However, I would’ve given him a chance at developing Dez Bryant withtheir same option of trading or releasing him prior to regular season

    He could’ve changed if Beasley could & have,,,,,, their basically the same age, with Dez being drafted by Dallas & never developed

    Just saying

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