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Is Cole Beasley In Jeopardy Of Losing His Job?

Brian Martin

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- Cole Beasley, #11

The NFL is a fickle beast. Just when a player thinks he is at the top of this game and can finally feel secure about their job status, their respective team goes out and drafts their eventual replacement. That could possibly be the situation Cole Beasley finds himself in after the Dallas Cowboys drafted wide receiver Ryan Switzer in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Now, before any of you start thinking I’m trying to send Beasley packing, let me tell you that I’m a huge #11 fan and would hate for him to suit up for any other team than the Dallas Cowboys. But, with his heir apparent possibly waiting in the wings, Beasley could be at risk of losing his job.

In the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys selected Ryan Switzer, another diminutive wide receiver whose game and skill set is very similar to Cole Beasley’s. It was an odd selection at the time, which is why it started to cast little doubt about Beasley’s future, at least in my mind.

Cole Beasley has served as the Dallas Cowboys slot receiver and occasional punt returner since joining the organization as an undrafted free agent in 2012. His role has continued to increase year after year and he has now developed into one of the best slot receivers in the entire NFL.

Cole BeasleyRyan Switzer will definitely have his work cut out for him if he is going to unseat an established veteran player like Cole Beasley, especially since #11 already has a strong bond with his QB and the trust of the coaching staff. But, it’s not unthinkable that it could end up happening.

If that is indeed what happens and Switzer comes in and is just as good, if not better than Beasley, would the Cowboys considered keeping both WRs?

I personally don’t think the Dallas Cowboys would have drafted Ryan Switzer if they didn’t have a clear idea of how to get both him and Beasley involved on offense. I actually would love to see offensive coordinator Scott Linehan spread things out with Dez Bryant/Cole Beasley on one side and Terrance Williams/Ryan Switzer on the other. The thought actually makes me a little giddy of how dangerous the offense could be in 2017.

Just imagine how much more potent the running game will be with an extra defender having to move out to cover Beasley/Switzer in the slot and with Bryant/Williams working the outside. Scary right? But, the running game wouldn’t be the only thing to improve. Having two shifty slot receivers would also give Dak Prescott more reliable underneath targets to get rid of the ball quickly, opening up the entire passing game.

I don’t envision Cole Beasley going anywhere anytime soon, because I believe he and Ryan Switzer can coexist on offense and make this team better. But, if a team were to call and make an offer for Beasley the Dallas Cowboys can’t pass up, I could see a scenario where they make a deal.

I don’t know about you, but I’m really excited about the addition of Ryan Switzer and how Scott Linehan will get him and Cole Beasley involved on offense.

Do you think Cole Beasley is in jeopardy of losing his job?

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15 Comments
  • Randy Martin

    I don’t think Beasley is in jeopardy at all. The one in jeopardy is Lucky. I think they had a very clear idea in their head on how they would put both Switz and Beas on the field at the same time and the thought of that is awesome! I think it will give defenses nightmares. As good a runner/receiver as Zeke is with both of those two and Dez and either Witten or Twill or even Brown lined up I think it will be very difficult to anticipate what is coming at them.

    • Brian Martin

      Randy, I completely agree with everything you said. However, I also think Beasley could be one of the few players they could use to trade in order to upgrade another position. I would hate to see it, but with Switzer now on board it does make him expendable to the point where it wouldn’t hurt the offense any.

      • Jess Haynie

        Beasley isn’t just a piece, though. He is arguably Prescott’s favorite WR and security blanket, more so than Jason Witten. Switzer needs more than an offseason to prove he can fill those shoes.

        • Brian Martin

          I completely agree. I’m in no way saying that Switzer is as good as Beasley, but if he turns out to be as a rookie, it could make things interesting.

      • Randy Martin

        I would be shocked to see Beas traded. Not only is he a fan favorite, He is his QB’s favorite, and an essential piece of this offense. Let’s see what Switzer brings to the party before we “toss the Sauce.” If Switz ends up being what we hope he is, I’m more excited about an offense with both guys on the field than a “best man wins” scenario. Like I said, he is Lucky’s replacement, not Beasley’s.

        • Brian Martin

          I agree. I think offense can be really creative with Switzer and Beasley on the field at the same time. I like thinking outside the box, even though I would hate to see Beasley play somewhere else.

        • Thomas Williams

          I hope Beasley is not traded. The guy is a GREAT at his job and I think we need him …

  • Travis Diggs

    This is one of those hypothetical questions. It’s not a real question It’s something to just get us thinking while we’re in the off season bored. Switzer and Brown were drafted to replace Whitehead and Butler That’s simple Every small white receiver is compared to Cole Beasley or Julian Edelman That’s the only reason why this is even a discussion. Cole Beasley had his best season ever last season Why would he be replaced ??Really??

    • Brian Martin

      I don’t apply to the idea that Switzer was drafted to replace Whitehead. I don’t think Lucky was going to make the roster to begin with. If the Cowboys didn’t draft a receiver I think he would’ve been beaten out by Andy Jones. Switzer will eventually be Beasley’s replacement, but probably only after 11’s contract expires. Switzer and Beasley could make this offense really exciting to watch in 2017.

  • tom

    if Switzer makes 53, then it gives OC lots of flex on game day using 10 personnel. I see Lucky being the odd man out if Switzer makes 53. Hope Switzer can run those jet sweeps well

    • Brian Martin

      Tom, I think were going to see the 10 personnel more in 2017. I think that’s what they had in mind when they drafted Switzer in the first place.

  • suziequzie61

    I had the privilege of being at training camp in Oxnard one day last summer and saw up close how fierce Beasley is. They were having one-on-one drills and he beat out his defender(that was a good bit bigger than him)every time! I became a fan of his that day!

    • Brian Martin

      Beasley is basically unrecoverable, which is why he has become such a mismatch problem for opposing defenses around the league. If Ryan Switzer can become that kind of player, the Cowboys have just made their already potent offense even more dangerous. I’m really looking forward to seeing how all of this shakes out.

  • Thomas Williams

    I feel the same way Randy…And after Lucky pulled that Stunt during regular Season. And then they drafted Switzer , that spelt the end of LUCKY..

  • dcoopthemann

    As much as I like Switzer, the only way they trade Beasley is if someone offers them a “JUICY” deal, which I don’t see happening. I see Switzer as a “COMPLEMENT” to Beasley, not his “REPLACEMENT” (unless Beasley gets hurt, then they can keep that “SAME” part of their offense going), even when his contract expires (unless the numbers get too crazy). Here’s the thing for me. You’re not going to be winning any Super Bowls if all you keep doing is “SWAPPING” out players at the same position constantly. As a Cowboys fan living in San Diego, I just laugh when I hear Charger fans hyping up draft picks, which some of them are potentially good. The problem is, they already had a good/great player at that spot, so all they are doing is running on the treadmill “SWAPPING” player out for player and never getting close to a Super Bowl. They can make great use of 10 personnel packages (and if Linehan was smart, he would’ve been drawing up plays as soon as they drafted him). Beasley is just starting to really excel (despite a few too many drops for my taste, but he’s gotten better) plus he has great chemistry with Dak. Why would they want to get rid of that? That would be going backwards or on the treadmill like the Chargers. You don’t want that. Switzer is quicker than hiccup. With him and Beasley and if they can get one of their other receivers to “TAKE THE TOP OFF” the defense consistently and get consistent separation “DOWN THE FIELD” (or find one), then their offense will be set (once they get RT and LG worked out). Do something with the secondary and pass-rush, then they’re set.

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Will Terrance Williams be Back with Cowboys in 2018?

Brian Martin

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Will Terrance Williams be Back with Cowboys in 2018?

Each offseason tough decisions have to be made by teams around the NFL, and the Dallas Cowboys are no exception. Teams have to decide who to promote, who to demote, and who to cut ties with altogether. For the Cowboys, Terrance Williams fits into one of those three categories, but which one?

It was plainly obvious that the Dallas Cowboys wide receivers all had an extremely disappointing 2017 season.

Everybody has their own opinion as to why this happened, but one thing is for sure, the Cowboys coaching staff will definitely look at ways to get more out of their receiving core. The one player who I think could be affected most by whatever decision the coaching staff ends up making is Terrance Williams.

Williams didn’t do much to make a case for keeping his starting job in 2017, let alone sticking on the roster.

To say he had a disappointing season would be an understatement.

Williams finished the 2017 season with just 53 receptions for 568 receiving yards and absolutely zero touchdowns. The Cowboys were likely hoping for more production from someone they just signed to a four-year, $17-million contract extension back in March [2017].

Now, you can make the argument Williams took a team discount in order to stay in Dallas, but that doesn’t carry much weight when your production leaves so much to be desired. This is especially true when there might be somebody on the roster who can do just as well, and possibly be an upgrade.

Noah Brown

Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Yes, if you haven’t guessed it yet, I’m talking about Noah Brown.

I know I’m not alone here, but I think Noah Brown could easily replace Terrance Williams’ production. I understand that there’s not much evidence to back up that statement based on Brown’s rookie season, but he has all the tools required to succeed.

This is really all about potential, and Noah Brown simply has more upside than Terrance Williams.

We all know what Terrance Williams is as a receiver, and what he brings to the table for the Cowboys offense. I believe Noah Brown can do all the things Williams does and has the potential to be even better.

I already think Noah Brown is a better blocker, something the Cowboys coaching staff really values about Williams. I also think Brown is a better pass catcher. He is a natural hands catcher and has a large catching radius, something Williams obviously isn’t (body catcher).

Right now, Williams is only better than Noah Brown in a few areas. He is slightly faster, he’s more advanced as a route runner, and has more experience. That’s about it.

This will obviously be a tough decision for the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff to make. But, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if we see Terrance Williams playing somewhere else when the 2018 season kicks off.

Do you think Terrance Williams will be with the Cowboys in 2018?

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Are the Dallas Cowboys Building a Championship Defense?

Sean Martin

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Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense? 3

Three of the four teams remaining in the NFL playoffs — a win away from the Super Bowl — ranked within the top four defensively in yards per game allowed this season. The other is the defending-champion New England Patriots, who of course were expected to reach yet another AFC Championship game, thanks to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

Somewhere between this field, losing their 2017 hopes at a deep playoff run to injuries, suspensions, and just poor execution at times, are the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys ranked eighth in yards allowed per game at 318.1 this season.

On the surface, all this provides hope that typically springs eternal around the league through the offseason.

It has been far too long since the Cowboys defense matched the skill level of the team’s offense, but Rod Marinelli’s unit (not exactly by design) outplayed that of Scott Linehan’s at times through this 9-7 campaign.

This defensive rebuild in Dallas began with the admission that this group had reached their ceiling in the offseason, as the Cowboys let long-time starters like CB Morris Claiborne, CB Brandon Carr, S Barry Church (now with the Jaguars), and S J.J. Wilcox go in free agency.

Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense?

Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis, CB Chidobe Awuzie, S Xavier Woods (AP Photo / Ron Jenkins)

For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, looking to turn over an entire secondary in a division featuring Carson Wentz, Eli Manning, and Kirk Cousins as quickly as the Cowboys did was a risky move. Their confidence in hitting on draft picks paid off though.

The Cowboys’ bright future is predicated on the likes of CB Chidobe Awuzie, CB Jourdan Lewis, and S Xavier Woods.

With two young starters at cornerback, the sky truly is the limit the this Cowboys defense. And they’ll play in support of an offense with more than enough talent to return to form in 2018.

As it stands now under Rod Marinelli, the Cowboys defense is built to keep everything in front of them, and get bodies to the football. This coverage-friendly approach could be taken to new heights with Lewis and Awuzie on the outside, along with Anthony Brown finding a home in the slot. All three cornerbacks have excelled at using their speed, length, and technique to get their hands on passes.

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Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

Of course, games are won in the trenches, where the idea of the Cowboys defensive line ever rising to the level of their offensive line was laughable until recently. Whether it’s with the franchise tag or a long-term extension, sack-artist DeMarcus Lawrence looks to be an all-important member of this entire team moving forward.

A healthy Lawrence was a nightmare for opposing right tackles in 2017. He earned a national spotlight each week on his way to the quarterback 14-and-a-half times. Making it look easy at times, Lawrence is a refined rusher with the speed and power to win inside and out.

The RDE position remains a sore spot in need of talent as this Cowboys defense looks to take the next step, but there’s hope for the likes of Randy Gregory, Charles Tapper, and Taco Charlton to get the job done, along with veteran starter Tyrone Crawford.

With Crawford at RDE for much of 2017, running the ball against the Cowboys front was a tall order. His ability to capture the corner against left tackles came as a pleasant surprise to many, and once in position, the defensive captain chased down plenty of plays.

Tyrone Crawford wasn’t the only pleasant surprise on the Dallas Cowboys defensive line this season.

Rookie Taco Charlton looked like an entirely different player to close a first year in Dallas that began with completely uninspiring results. Charlton — having the physical traits to play at the next level — was never a question out of Michigan.

He may never be a player to take over games for a defense, which the Cowboys couldn’t have expected to find at DE selecting 28th overall, but an improved player at DE and DT could be an incredibly valuable asset for the Cowboys in 2018 and beyond.

This leaves the Cowboys linebacker corps, where we find the best example of young potential on the entire defense. Amazingly playing in all 16 games, LB Jaylon Smith is in line to take a massive step forward in year two.

Smith closed his season looking enticingly close to the player he was at Notre Dame, an encouraging sign as the Cowboys look to become less dependent on Sean Lee on this side of the ball.

Lee and Smith paired together would give the Cowboys a middle-of-the-field presence to rival the best in the league. Both players have exceptional range and awareness to run down plays from sideline to sideline.

Anthony Hitchens, an impending free agent, is another valuable piece at LB with his ready ability to play all three positions at a relatively high level.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

Stefon Diggs racing to the end zone with no time left to send the Vikings to the NFC Championship game will be the lasting image of this past Divisional Round weekend, an offensive play that will live on forever.

A closer look at these games and the teams that survived them reveals a collective trust in defenses, a trust the Cowboys could be blissfully close to with their own young defense.

The Cowboys are likely losing one of the smarter minds behind their defense in recent years, with Matt Eberflus ticketed for Josh McDaniel’s staff, and are still in need of a secondary coach after not retaining Joe Baker. In a league where better talent typically prevails though, the possibility of the Cowboys building a championship defense for next season and beyond may not be far off.

With defenses in Jacksonville and Philadelphia providing the hope that both teams can pull off the impossible and reach the Super Bowl on Sunday, will defensive potential be enough for Dallas to get through this long offseason and start the even longer path back to their first NFC Championship game in 21 seasons?

Tell us what you think about “Are the Dallas Cowboys Building a Championship Defense?” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Can Rico Gathers Make Cowboys Offense More “Dak-Friendly”?

Brian Martin

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Rico Gathers, Rams

The Dallas Cowboys unfortunately face all kinds of questions heading into the 2018 offseason. Right now, there are no answers to those questions, which means we’ll just have to sit back and take a wait-and-see approach. But, one question that absolutely has to be answered is how to make the Cowboys offense more Dak Prescott friendly.

Offensively, the Dallas Cowboys had an extremely disappointing year in 2017. Suspensions and injuries are the main culprits for the disappointment, but the Dallas Cowboys haven’t really changed things much in the scheme or personnel to help Dak Prescott succeed.

The sad truth is, the Dallas Cowboys are still operating as if Tony Romo is the starting quarterback. It’s pretty much the same personnel and scheme, but it really doesn’t suit Prescott.

It’s time for that to change. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that will happen overnight.

The Cowboys spent years putting together the personnel to help Romo. Just when they thought they had the missing piece — by drafting Ezekiel Elliott, Romo sustained a back injury, pretty much ending his career.

Anyway you look at it, the offensive personnel needs to improve in order to make this team more “Dak-friendly”.

Enter Tight End Rico Gathers.

Rico Gathers

Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

The Dallas Cowboys have invested two years in Rico Gathers’ development, but with the exception of a few flashes in preseason, they haven’t benefited from the fruits of their labor. The 2018 season should be Gathers’ coming-out party.

We all witnessed what the Cowboys offense looks like when they are forced to rely on the passing game. Dak Prescott struggled to find any kind of consistency throwing the ball — with the options he had at his disposal in 2017 — while Ezekiel Elliott served a six-game suspension.

Defenses decided to take Prescott’s favorite target out of the equation by bracketing Cole Beasley in coverage. Then, they also devoted extra attention Dez Bryant‘s way, making it difficult to get him the ball.

The only other option left really was Jason Witten on simple check downs.

And that is what the future Hall of Famer has been reduced to.

Jason Witten is no longer the threat he once was. Yes, he is still a reliable target, but his age is starting to catch up to him, which has unfortunately robbed him of some of his athleticism. We will no longer see Witten stretch the field down the seam, or run many routes further than 10 yards.

That’s why I think Rico Gathers could be a difference maker in 2018, especially for Dak Prescott.

Prescott needs more than an outlet receiver at the TE position. No offense to Jason Witten, but that’s pretty much what he has become at this point in his career.

Rico Gathers on the other hand is not only different from Witten, but also provides a different skill set than any other TE on the Cowboys roster. He’s a big target with athleticism, who cannot only move the chains, but stretch the field and break tackles in the open field.

Gathers’ sheer size alone creates mismatch problems against smaller defensive backs and linebackers, but his athleticism should allow him to create separation, something which fits into what Prescott needs from his receivers.

There is no reason why the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff can’t find a way to incorporate Rico Gathers’ unique skill set into the offense. They may not truly trust him to be an every down player, but that’s not happening anyway, not with Jason Witten on the roster.

If it was me, I would have a few packages in the playbook specifically designed for Gathers. I not only think this will help him grow as a player, but help the Cowboys offense become more “Dak-friendly”.

Can Rico Gathers make the Cowboys offense more “Dak-friendly”?

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