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Cole Beasley Must Step Up For 2018 Season

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cole Beasley Must Step Up For 2018 Season
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There are many reasons to be excited about the 2018 Dallas Cowboys. The team is going into a whole new era, with many long-term starters (such as Dez Bryant and Jason Witten) now out of the picture. Changes are coming, specially on the pass-catchers side of things.

From Dak Prescott's main four targets in 2016 and 2017, only two remain on the roster. Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams are in very different situations, though. Beasley is making the roster for sure, while William's job might be in danger.

Williams had a tough season last year, failing to see the end zone all year, and hasn't shown the consistency one would desire from him. Dealing with a foot injury and missing offseason practices hasn't helped his cause. On top of it all, Terrance recently dealt with a public intoxication arrest which could result in a suspension down the road.

If a suspension does come, and the guaranteed money from his contract stops being guaranteed, the Cowboys might as well bid him farewell to give younger players a chance at a roster spot. And even if he ends up being one of the 53 Cowboys that'll play in 2018, who knows if he'll have a starting role.

Michael Gallup, Allen Hurns, Cedrick Wilson and even Noah Brown have high probabilities of making the roster for the 2018 NFL season.

Hurns and Gallup will likely be day 1 starters for the offense, which shouldn't be bad at all. However, the lack of familiar faces for the team, specially for a young quarterback like Dak Prescott is a bit concerning.

Still over three months away from the regular season, let's have an improvised guess at the Cowboys' starting pass-catchers for week 1:

  • WR Allen Hurns
  • WR Michael Gallup
  • WR Cole Beasley
  • TE Blake Jarwin / Dalton Schultz

There's a big chance that Cole Beasley will be the only starting receiver that Dak Prescott has been familiar with during his short NFL career.

Beasley's 2016 season was his career-best, catching 75 passes for 833 yards. In 2017, he started facing double-coverage from opposing defenses and due to a lack of productivity from the rest of the offense, Cole's performance took a hit, getting only 36 catches for only 314 yards.

Heading into 2018, Dallas needs #11 to step up. If Williams is eventually released or sitting on the bench, Beasley needs to prove he can be Dak's best friend and the new "Mr. Reliable" for him.

Hopefully, the team's plans pan out. If these receivers' route-running abilities prove to be enough to get them open and Dak is able to spread the ball efficiently while the running game wears out defenses, Beasley will stop running into double-teams.

Dak Prescott, Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott and WR Cole Beasley (Tim Heitman / USA TODAY Sports)

While hopes are on players like Michael Gallup to become the #1 receiver on the team, it's hard to picture him being ready for such a role from week 1. Scott Linehan & Co. must find a way to get Beasley involved and put him in a position to help Dak Prescott get accustomed to a new set of targets.

Of course, the Cowboys' offensive success will have to rely on Ezekiel Elliott and the running game as well as the rest of the other receiver's productivity. But look out for a big year from Cole Beasley. It's his time to step up.

Tell me what you think about "Cole Beasley Must Step Up For 2018 Season" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @PepoR99.

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  • Russ_Te

    Once defenses figured out they didn’t have to double Dez, things got rough for Beasley. Nothing so far suggests that will change for 2018. When the Cowboys know that attention is coming on CB the next play, I wouldn’t mind using Elliott’s speed against it. Let the secondary rotate down on CB and route EE right up the hash marks, see if they can deal with it. Tomlinson used to run that route. Without proven speed at WR, it’s worth exploring.

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Maliek Collins Activated From PUP, Cowboys’ Front 7 Looking Great

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The Cowboys Defense Have Young Foundation Players To Build Around
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There are tons of reasons to be excited about the Dallas Cowboys' defense with the regular season less than a month away. The most recent one is Defensive Tackle Maliek Collins is coming off the PUP list after passing his physical and is now activated and practicing.

After suffering another foot injury in May, Collins had to undergo surgery and his return to the roster before the season began was questionable. But things are looking good now as the Cowboys expect him to be ready for week 1 versus the Carolina Panthers.

David Helman on Twitter

On the same day he was taken off PUP, Maliek Collins is participating in pre-practice walkthrough. Not sure what that means for his practice regimen, but that's a positive sign #cowboyswire

Collins missed quite some time, so one has to wonder how fast he will be reincorporated to the defense and whether or not he'll get back his starting role or not. The defensive tackle room seems to be loaded with various talent that should be capable of at least giving #96 a tough competition before he can reclaim his spot as if he hadn't been missing any practices.

David Irving may not be a factor on the roster until he comes back from suspension prior to week 5's match-up against the Houston Texans, but there are other young players Collins should be expecting to fight for the starting role.

Antwaun Woods, Jihad Ward, Brian Price and Datone Jones will provide this team with an interesting debate going forward. But even if not one DT emerges as a clear-cut starter above the rest, the Cowboys have serious depth at the position.

To be honest, the entire front seven is very exciting. Not only do the Cowboys count with good DTs, but just take a look at the defensive end room. Led by 2017 second-team All-Pro DeMarcus Lawrence, there is also a deep group of DEs.

Randy Gregory is coming back after a long comeback journey and should earn a lot more snaps as the season progressing. Taco Charlton has made a ton of progress and fourth-round rookie Dorance Armstrong isn't far behind. Not to mention captain Tyrone Crawford, who despite being criticized by many due to his huge contract, is a more than decent DE.

Now, let's talk about the linebackers for a moment here. Before the 2018 NFL Draft, this was seen as one of the weakest units on the team. Fast forward to mid-August and this should be one of the most exciting groups on the team.

Sean Lee will be playing alongside a Jaylon Smith that we've never seen before. Smith is doing things that he wouldn't been able to do a season ago. What he's shown in training camp and through one preseason game should have any Cowboys' fan eager to watch him play in a regular season game. The Jaylon Smith the front office envisioned when taking a risk on him in the 2016 NFL Draft has arrived.

Also in the mix is first round pick Leighton Vander Esch. We haven't been able to watch a lot of playing time from him but we'll sure do pretty soon. He's a week 1 contributor who will play behind what could be one of the best LB duos in the entire NFL.

And just like in the defensive line, the depth seems to be great. Joe Thomas and Damien Wilson have shown what they're capable of and they could be more than special team bodies when needed.

The Dallas Cowboys shouldn't be very concerned about their front seven going forward. It's loaded with talent and even if they rotate their players a lot, this seems like a group that will give any offense a big headache.

Tell me what you think about "Maliek Collins Activated From PUP, Cowboys’ Front 7 Looking Great" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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Dallas Cowboys Sign WR Darren Carrington Following Workout in Oxnard

Sean Martin

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Dallas Cowboys Sign WR Darren Carrington Following Workout in Oxnard

The Dallas Cowboys have signed another one of the six players worked out on Monday in Oxnard, adding to their already deep group of wide receivers. Most recently with Utah, Pac-12 Wide Receiver Darren Carrington has signed with the team.

Carrington began his college career at Oregon, where he was on track to make it to the NFL before being dismissed from the Ducks for a DUI. This led Carrington to Utah, where he played as a graduate transfer and put up a team high 908 yards and six touchdowns on 70 receptions last season.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Cowboys signing former Utah WR Darren Carrington, per source.

At 6021 (6' 2 1/8") and 199 pounds, Carrington is yet another athletic target with long speed for the Cowboys to work into their new-look offense. He joins Ricky Jeune as the second receiver added to the team in training camp, bringing the number of WRs on the roster to 11.

Marchie Murdock, who had two catches for the Cowboys in their preseason opener, was waived (with an injury designation) prior to these roster moves.

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Dallas Cowboys Workout 6 Players, Sign OL Jacob Alsadek

Sean Martin

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Dallas Cowboys Workout 6 Players, Sign OL Jacob Alsadek
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The Dallas Cowboys did not receive good news on first-year offensive lineman Marcus Martin, as his injury suffered in San Francisco will likely require season-ending surgery. Martin was signed this offseason as a backup guard/center, and without him the Cowboys have a need for further depth up front. Working out six players at positions of need today, the team has signed former Arizona lineman Jacob Alsadek.

DEC Management on Twitter

Congratulations to #TeamDEC client @jacobalsadek on signing with @dallascowboys

This is Alsadek's second stop in the NFL, as he spent most of May with the Green Bay Packers before being released. Alsadek was the cut when the Packers signed former Cowboys Tackle Byron Bell.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Players Cowboys worked out today: Darren Carrington, WR Jacob Alsadek, OL Daronte Bouldin, OL Dominick Sanders, S Ryan Murphy, S Deron Washington, S

The 6'7", 312 pound guard went undrafted in this year's AT&T Stadium hosted draft. He was set to play in the Alliance of American Football League, with an inaugural season scheduled for February.

Now, he's a member of America's Team with a real chance to compete for a backup spot on the best offensive line in the league.

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