In what has become a busy roster week for the Dallas Cowboys ahead of a virtually meaningless game against the 2017 NFC East Champion Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas wide receiver Cole Beasley has been downgraded to out in week 17.
Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (Illness) has been downgraded to out. He will not be traveling with the team to Philadelphia.
Though the move isn’t as drastic as placing CB Orlando Scandrick and LT Tyron Smith on injured reserve earlier in the week, downgrading Beasley carries the same effect.
Cole Beasley has struggled to make the sort of impact in 2017 that fans swooned over in 2016. Speculation abounds as to the cause, but Beasley simply was not a threat in the Cowboys’ passing game this year.
Ryan “Clone Beasley” Switzer will likely pick up most of Beasley’s snaps against the Eagles.
With similar traits, including size, speed, and style, Switzer has been a fan favorite since his selection in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. This change to the game day roster offers Switzer and fans an opportunity to see more of the young receiver on offense, as opposed to his more frequent role on special teams as the primary return man.
The Eagles appear to be gearing up for a straight regular season matchup due to their own injury-induced struggles at quarterback, so this game is shaping up as a solid scouting opportunity for Dallas, much like a preseason game.
The Cowboys called up both OT Kadeem Edwards and WR Lance Lenoir from the practice squad following IR moves this week, and now Ryan Switzer looks primed for premium snaps as well. No doubt the Cowboys coaches will look to evaluate these younger players in a more pressing environment than you typically find in preseason.
This final game of the Cowboys’ season is sure to be full of new faces doing new things for Cowboys Nation.