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Cowboys Offense: More Hot Sauce Needed From Cole Beasley

Brian Martin



There very few players around the NFL that can do what Cole Beasley does when he's on the field. It's no wonder that he is one of the fan favorites around Cowboys Nation. But, for some reason or another the Dallas Cowboys have failed to really get him involved in the passing game as much as they probably should.

There is no denying that Cole Beasley is a special talent. No, he's not the biggest or strongest wide receiver in the NFL, but he is one of the few who is virtually impossible to cover one-on-one by any defensive back. That is why I believe we need to see much more of Beasley and his signature hot sauce celebration.

I completely understand there are many mouths to feed on the Cowboys offense and everybody wants to be more involved, but Cole Beasley is really the only one I believe needs to see more targets in the passing game. I know some of you may disagree, but give me a chance to try to explain myself.

WR Cole Beasley and QB Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott (4) and Cole Beasley (11) celebrate a touchdown scored on a passing play by Beasley in the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade) 

Cole Beasley = Security Blanket

You may or may not have heard of the term "security blanket", but it basically refers to someone who is reliable play after play in the NFL. That's what Cole Beasley needs to become once again for Dak Prescott, like he was a season ago.

It's easy to forget that Beasley was the Dallas Cowboys leading wide receiver last season. He caught 75 passes for 833 yards and scored five touchdowns in 2016. Unfortunately, that success hasn't carried over into this season, but that has a lot to do with the fact he's not as involved in the offensive game plan as much this year for some reason.

Cole Beasley and Dak Prescott need to become best friends once again in the passing game, especially with Ezekiel Elliott not in the lineup. Prescott needs a reliable target to depend upon and with how quick and shifty Beasley is, he's the most logical choice since he is almost always open.

WR Cole Beasley

Jan 15, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) runs the ball against the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter in the NFC Divisional playoff game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY

An Extension of the Running Game?

One of the many problems the Dallas Cowboys had against the Atlanta Falcons was that the offense was continuously in long down distant situations. This allowed the Falcons pass rush to pin their ears back and get after Dak Prescott. Without a reliable running game to depend on, the offense needed to turn to the passing game to create favorable down in distant situations.

Enter Cole Beasley.

The Dallas Cowboys offense absolutely has to find a better way to create favorable down the distance situations without Ezekiel Elliott. To me, this is where Cole Beasley needs to be utilize the most. He is at his best at the short to intermediate routes, which means he could be used as an extension of the running game.

The New England Patriots are the masters at using their WRs in this fashion. The Patriots don't really have a reliable running game, much like the Cowboys now, but they use their receivers to pick up the slack. Tom Brady gives his WRs a chance to pick up yards after the catch on the short/intermediate routes. That's something the Cowboys need to incorporate into their offense with Cole Beasley.

Until the Cowboys running game is reliable once again, they need to use Cole Beasley and possibly Ryan Switzer in the passing game to create better down and distant situations. This takes a lot of pressure off of Prescott and also builds his confidence at the same time. It also keeps the opposing defenses pass rush from being in attack mode all the time.

Will we see Cole Beasley add a little more hot sauce to the Cowboys offense?

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  • oneputter

    we have to win on first down, we certainly didn’t against atlanta.

    too many penalties have hurt us as well.

    time to get one of these bigger wr’s in the slot, dez, butler or brown, create mis-matches. get 10 out there running up the seam clearing out the middle of the field. intermediate to deep crossing routes…..

    i will say this again and again, dak needs to get the ball out faster, he is holding onto it way too long. he has gotten away from stepping up into the pocket, instead he leaves it all together. read the defense, step up and make the throw.

    • Brian Martin

      Very well said and I completely agree with you.

      • Michael Barthel

        I read a article that said no team has been penaltilized in last 26 quarters for offensive holding against Dallas. I don’t see how when we have Irving and Lawrence playing out their minds. The refs missed so many calls in that Atlanta game it’s like the nfl are taking it to Jerry and Dallas for this whole him suing thing. It’s funny Jarvis Landry had same situation as Elliott and he got no games and Elliott got 6. Anyways they missed so many facemask calls on dak, dez and Beasley getting knocked down running route no flags. The refs job is to protect the qb and if it was tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers they would have called that facemask in a heartbeat. I think they are trying to screw us and Dallas fans will feel it the most

        • Brian Martin

          I actually wrote about the entire officiating fiasco earlier this week. It does seem like the NFL is out to get the Dallas Cowboys, but unfortunately I don’t see anything changing anytime soon.

  • Russ_Te

    I believe secondaries are rotating down on Beasley more & treating him like the key receiver to stop. Last year he was the beneficiary of extra help on Dez.

    I agree there are ways to get him the ball regardless. But this passing game does seem to have a missing link – i.e., nobody who opens the floodgates like Dez used to with his presence & downfield threat.

    Moreover, it can use any boost available right now. The Eagles are 4th in total offense and score 31.4 per. If the Cowboys don’t get a fix at LT & most of the running game back, it’s over anyway. But it’s time for new stuff on top of that. Get the W this week, still alive in 2017;

    a) I’m not leaving Butler on the bench. If that means 3 WR and not 2 TE, and handoffs out of that formation, so be it. Or he starts in the 2/2/1 base. Hit him deep once and the defense changes.

    b) I’m not losing games because of Heath and Brown. Start Woods at FS and move Jones to CB. It’s drastic but it has a lot of upside potential, relative to what is happening right now in the secondary. At SS it’s Frazier, or poach somebody from a practice squad.

    c) I’m dressing Gathers and getting him some game reps, then pretty soon some targets. Like Butler, it’s a mismatch against defenders which the Cowboys need right now.

    d) Chaz Green looks like an interior OL player only. Again, poach somebody from a practice squad and give the guy a chance if Smith remains out at LT

    • Brian Martin

      There’s a lot of information here to digest LOL. I personally believe the Cowboys need to scheme ways for Beasley to get more involved. It helps both Prescott and the running game, while also opening things up on the outside for Bryant.

      I’m also keeping Byron Jones at FS, but playing Woods opposite him. Woods continues to play really well and deserves more playing time. Awuzie should be back this week and I would rotate him with Brown.

      I don’t think we are going to see Gathers this season. Yes, he may be a mismatch, but unless there’s an injury at the TE position I don’t see them activating him.

      I’m hoping that Chaz Green just had a really bad game last week. He has filled in for Tyron Smith before and done just fine. And, he has better at tackle then OG.

      • Russ_Te

        I presume there is not a good OT prospect on a practice squad right now, or that signing would have happened. If Tyron Smith or Collins can’t go, there needs to be better depth options IMO.

        Of course it will be academic at 5-5. At 6-4 it will be time for the team to address it.

        Skeptical of Woods at SS, or to flip Jones to it, but will stand corrected. Clearly it’s time for Woods to start somehow. If that is the move made, then we have to hope Awuzie is finally able to give something. I haven’t given up on Anthony Brown but he may not be a starting CB. Had a good rookie year for a 6th rounder, but he may be a nickle and depth CB in the NFL. Woods as a 6th rounder, was more clearly a steal IMO.

        Moreover Garrett – after looking good going from 2-3 to 5-3 – now looks like the guy who won’t make any adjustments. That doesn’t portend well for another win streak right now – again will be happy to stand corrected if he does.

  • John Williams

    Totally agree Brian. Getting Beasley involved while Ezekiel Elliott is out is going to be paramount to Dallas’ success the rest of this season.

    If they struggle to get the running game going, which they probably will this week, it needs to be Beasley in some quick option routes or bubble screens. Gotta start picking up the 5 or 6 yards in the passing game on a regular basis. Especially if Tyron Smith’s injury lingers.

    • Brian Martin

      It doesn’t necessarily have to be Beasley, but he is their best short to intermediate option in the passing game. They just need to find ways to create better down and distance situations. Unfortunately, the Cowboys coaching staff hasn’t really shown this season they are capable of making those kind of adjustments. Hopefully though that changes.

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

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Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys: How “Position-Flex” Has Handcuffed The 2015 Draft Class

Kevin Brady



Byron Jones

Over the last few years the Dallas Cowboys have placed a high level of importance on "position flex." They've drafted Swiss-Army knife players which could be moved around to different positions on the field.

By drafting players like Chidobe Awuzie and Xavier Woods last year, as well as Byron Jones in 2015, the Cowboys have tried to find these versatile players who can be used in multiple ways.

While this seems great on paper, this strategy has handcuffed the majority of their 2015 Draft Class, and is a key reason why the Cowboys seem to be in such a tough spot.

Byron Jones

The Cowboys' first round pick in 2015, Byron Jones, quickly became a favorite of mine during his rookie season. Incredibly athletic, long, and skilled in coverage, Jones was able to be both a fantastic cover cornerback and a solid middle-of-the-field safety due to his range.

Due to both injuries to his teammates, and Jones' own versatility, the Cowboys coaching staff couldn't keep Jones in just one spot. Once they discovered how great he was in man coverage against tight ends, they became enamored with trying to play him in the box.

Once in the box, Jones' struggles as a run defender were highlighted, and both the organization and the fans soured on him quickly.

Now it is rumored that Byron Jones will be moving back to cornerback full time. And while I do hope this is the case, the fact that he is in year four, and the Cowboys haven't been able to find their first round pick a permanent home is a huge indictment on their ability to evaluate and develop talent.

Chaz Green

Okay, hear me out.

The former third round pick of the 2015 Draft was brought in to be the swing tackle for the Cowboys his rookie year. Mainly due to injuries, Green did not see the field for much of his first two seasons. When he did fill in for Tyron Smith at left tackle in 2016, however, Green was very effective.

Of course, Chaz Green's last appearance with the Cowboys was ugly, giving up a plethora of sacks against the Atlanta Falcons. But Dallas might've made their own bed with Green during the beginning of the 2017 season, when they attempted to move him to left guard full time.

Instead of getting the increased work at tackle, and continuing to work as the swing tackle for the team in case of injury, Dallas started Green at left guard early on in the year. He struggled trying to move positions, and looked even worse when trying to move back to tackle.

Once again, the position flex bit the Cowboys right in the backside.

La'el Collins

It's 2018 and we are still talking about what position to play La'el Collins on the offensive line. And that is solely on the coaching staff and front office, not Collins.

Collins was brought in as an undrafted free agent in 2015, but was widely regarded as a first round pick heading into that draft. Though he started at left tackle at LSU, Dallas shifted Collins inside to left guard in 2015. After taking over for Ronald Leary as the starter, Collins produced highlight blocks week after week.

Injuries shortened his 2016 campaign, but heading into 2017 the Cowboys decided to shift him back out to right tackle. Despite some early struggles, Collins progressed nicely throughout the year and became a solid starting right tackle. Plus, he has the upside to become one of the top right tackles in the league.

Instead, it is now being rumored the Cowboys might move him back to guard for 2018. And with that news, I continue to pull my hair out over the position-flex decisions this coaching staff and front office like to make.

If the Cowboys want to get the most out of each draft class, and effectively develop their talent, they need to let those players actually develop, rather than move them around each season. Hopefully they now understand this, and allow both Byron Jones and La'el Collins to reach their full potential.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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