The Dallas Cowboys might reunite with one their former top players.
A list by Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report’s shows that a former wide receiver, is the Cowboys’ best free agent option. Dallas is currently short of viable veteran receivers. CeeDee Lamb, the only active playmaker who has received a touchdown pass by Dak Prescott.
Knox believes that Beasley could reunited because of the Cowboys’ variety of injuries — Michael Gallup is still sidelined, James Washington is out until October —
“The Cowboys parted with Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson Jr. this offseason,” said Knox. “Michael Gallup is still working back from a torn ACL, Jalen Tolbert is a rookie, and free-agent addition James Washington (foot) is on injured reserve.
Dallas could use an experienced pass-catcher to bolster its receiver room, and former Cowboy Cole Beasley would fit the bill. He previously spent three seasons with quarterback Dak Prescott and can play inside and outside—much like Gallup.”
Beasley spent more time recently with the Buffalo Bills and played the three previous seasons for the AFC contender. Beasley averaged nearly four touchdowns each season over his three years playing for the Bills.
His 82 targets receptions and total target receptions were career highs, but his yards before catch per reception (4.7 yard) and average depth (5.6 yard) were significantly lower than in his previous seasons (stats gathered since 2018). His 2020 season was a comparison. He averaged 7.5 yards per catch and 7.8 yards of average depth of target.
The drop in statistical production could indicate that Beasley, 33 years old, is losing his speed to distinguish from cornerbacks. His consistent reception and Bills dependence on Beasley to move their chains indicate that he still has tread.
The Cowboys do not have a proven deep-ball threat, but Dallas could use a veteran target in quarterback Dak Prescott. Beasley was a partner with Prescott in his first three seasons as a member of the league.
Between 2016 and 2018, Beasley averaged 59 receptions and 606 receiving yards, and four touchdowns per year with the Cowboys. Beasley was Prescott’s favorite weapon in his rookie season of 2016, and was undoubtedly Dallas’ most consistent receiver over the three years.
The Cowboys are hoping Washington will be able to fill the slot receiver role. Beasley could play that role and Washington would be used as a deeper threat. Washington was eighth in the league in receiving yards in 2019. According to Pro Football Focus , Beasley has occupied the slot 86.5 percent of his 10 season career.
It’s also not a bad idea that Beasley has suggested the possibility of a reunion with Prescott or the Cowboys.