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Cole Beasley’s Fast Start to Training Camp A Comforting Sight for Cowboys

Sean Martin

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Cole Beasley's Fast Start to Training Camp A Comforting Sight to Cowboys
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When the pads came on for the Dallas Cowboys at training camp yesterday, their first real practice of the summer offered respite from a media frenzy caused by Dez Bryant's latest tweet storm. While some players still fielded questions about Dez's comments, we have our first look at the actual players that will catch passes for Dak Prescott in 2018, which is much more important. Perhaps the best thing the Cowboys saw here was Wide Receiver Cole Beasley's strong day, as he looks to regain his 2016 form.

It's easy to forget just how important Beasley was to Prescott as a rookie. Catching a career high 79 passes for 840 yards, Beasley was a "Dak-friendly" receiver before it was mainstream. His quickness to win on the inside fit Prescott's strengths as a spread QB in college very well.

There are many reasons why this wasn't so much the case a year ago. Admittedly, there's some truth to Bryant's comments that predictability and the unwillingness from the Cowboys to line up their receivers differently made is easier for defenses to take away Beasley.

Only a few days in with new WR Coach Sanjay Lal, the Cowboys seem to be putting this behind them very well, and finding a proven receiver to feature early must be comforting.

Surely the Cowboys will still rely heavily on rookie Wide Receiver Michael Gallup and other new additions to this WR room, but the rightful chance to set the tone at training camp went to Beasley and Terrance Williams.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Dak to Cole Beasley https://t.co/p4V2DOoMcu

Beasley described Satuday's unique practice as "fun", reportedly lining up all over the field and expanding his route tree to come away more fatigued that usual.

"Beasley lined up all over the formation, running short routes and downfield routes from both inside and outside. On top of that, it seemed like there was a point to get him on the move, as he took the ball several times on multiple end arounds and reverses." - DallasCowboys.com practice report

It may very well have been Rod Marinelli and Kris Richard's defense that was most excited to start in pads yesterday, and there was plenty of good news out of this unit. As the question on defense remains finding this team's ceiling, the Cowboys offense is embracing a total renaissance.

David Helman on Twitter

Your training camp punt returners: Tavon Austin, Cole Beasley, Lance Lenoir, Trey Williams #cowboyswire

Without your veteran players buying in, an approach like this doesn't stand a chance, and Beasley did more than just buy in yesterday. His ability to perform and lead by example is something everyone should hope to see more of as practice continues.

This is especially true of Dak Prescott, who (for what it's worth) was one of the players Bryant still stood by when calling out the Cowboys again. Whether or not Prescott has a better third year because of Bryant's departure will be determined heavily by both Beasley and Williams' ability to remain consistent.

Lastly, note that Anthony Brown continued to get most of the work as the Cowboys slot cornerback, with Jourdan Lewis being used on certain blitz packages. It was Lewis that had the much better season a year ago, so I'll be waiting patiently to see the second-year player draw Cole Beasley in coverage.

Tell us what you think about "Cole Beasley’s Fast Start to Training Camp A Comforting Sight for Cowboys" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka

Jess Haynie

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The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.

He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc

This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.

However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.

Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.

We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.



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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T

The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.

During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.

After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.

This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.

Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.

Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e

Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.

Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.

Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.



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