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History Indicates Cole Beasley Will Be Even Better In 2017

Brian Martin

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History Indicates Cole Beasley Will Be Even Better In 2017

Complacency is one of the worst things that can happen to just about any professional athlete. When an athlete stops trying to get better year in and year out, that is usually when they get replaced by someone who is younger, cheaper, and perhaps shows more promise. Fortunately for the Dallas Cowboys though, wide receiver Cole Beasley doesn't believe in complacency and his past history would indicate he will be even better in 2017.

It's difficult for some athletes to continue to try to improve their craft year after year, but those who have a desire to be great are able to self motivate themselves and put in the work required day after day to succeed. That's the way Cole Beasley seems to approach the game and why he has continued to improve in every season since being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012.

As you can see, Cole Beasley finished with a career-high in catches (75), yards (833), and catching percentage (76.5%) in 2016 and is looking to pick up where he left off this season. But, what you may not have noticed is that starting in 2012, Beasley has pretty much improved his reception totals, yardage, and touchdowns every year since entering the NFL. He also had his first rushing attempt of his career last season.

This may not mean very much to any of you, but if you're a fan of history like myself, then your adding things up like I am. If you happened to come to the same conclusion that I have and are a believer in history, then Cole Beasley is going to have a fantastic 2017 season.

Cole BeasleyNow, I know what a lot of you are probably thinking. Beasley has a lot going against him if he wants to come anywhere near duplicating the career highs he put up in 2017. But, Beasley has not only developed into the best slot WR in the entire NFL, but has also become the favorite target of his QB, Dak Prescott. That means his offensive role is secure and he should once again be heavily involved in the offensive game plan.

Unfortunately, there are a few things working against Beasley. First off, Dez Bryant will be completely healthy to start the season, which could limit some of Beasley's targets. Secondly, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan could be looking to get rookie WR Ryan Switzer involved in the offense as well. That could also cut into the amount of targets Beasley receives.

Of course, Dez Bryant's return and Ryan Switzer's addition to the offense also could benefit Cole Beasley. Linehan could really get creative and open up the entire passing game for Prescott, which could create even more opportunities for #11.

I'm usually not one to put much stock into predicting statistics for players, especially with training camp yet to get underway. But, I'm also not one to go against what we can learn from history. And history indicates that Cole Beasley will once again set career highs for himself in 2017.

Will history be right about Cole Beasley in 2017?



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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11 Comments
  • TreFKennedy88

    Beasley good enough to get 1000 yards

    • Brian Martin

      Yes, Beasley is good enough to get 1000 yards. But, it’s going to be really difficult for him to accomplish that because of the short to intermediate routes he runs. It’s rare that he picks up any big chunks of yardage.

      • John Williams

        The only person on the team that is going to reach 1,000 yards is Dez. But that doesn’t mean that Beasley is any good.

  • Randy Martin

    Beasley’s production is only limited by the snaps, Prescott’s accuracy, and how they spread the ball around. Zeke is going to get at least 20 carries per game (he had 322 last year) and may get more as forecasted earlier in the year. A handful of other rushing plays and Dallas averages 63 snaps per game. Honestly with the weapons they have the only way Beasley hits 1000 yards is by being more elusive and increasing his YAC yards. If he plateaus where he is now there is nothing wrong with that at all.

    • Brian Martin

      Randy, I would love to see Beasley more involved in the passing game. But, that’s a little difficult to do with all of the weapons the Cowboys have. Also, I don’t necessarily think that for Beasley to be better in 2017 means that his statistics need to be better. That’s going to be difficult to do, but like you said, if the plateaus where he is now there is nothing with that.

    • John Williams

      Totally agree. If his 2016 is what we see out of him for the better part of his prime, that’s pretty solid to very good WR2 numbers on a run first team.

  • John Williams

    I agree that Beasley is getting better each year, but I wonder if 2017 his stats dip a bit. I could see his touchdown total increase while his yardage and catches decrease.

    The Cowboys are deep all over the offensive side of the ball and if Dez plays a full season, which I anticipate he will, that limits the amount of opportunities that Beasley gets. If indications from OTAs about Terrance Williams are any sign, he might be ready to step up his game as well.

    Beasley could be better in 2017 while not producing the same statistical output.

    • Brian Martin

      John, I have a difficult time seeing Beasley duplicate his 2016 production. I think there are just too many mouths to feed on offense. But, I do believe that we could see Beasley utilized more on offense, even with a healthy Dez Bryant. He just creates a mismatch anytime he is on the field. I don’t think there is a CB in the NFL that can cover him one-on-one.

      • John Williams

        totally agree with you that his production will be difficult to match. To me it’s not a problem if that’s the case. In fact it’s probably a good thing, because that means that Dez Bryant probably played 16 games.

  • Don

    I agree with John that they are deep in all spots on offense and throwing Switzer in the mix lined up with Beasley will be very interesting. I feel Linehan is grinning and has drawn it up already. Another factor will be they are stressing give the ball more to Zeke which reduces the receivers opportunities,but just Win Baby should be all that counts…

    • Brian Martin

      The Cowboys are definitely not short on offensive weapons this season. It should allow Linehan to get really creative with his playcalling and keep opposing defenses on their heels.

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How The Seattle Seahawks Have Increased Importance In Cowboys’ Lore

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Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys At Seattle Seahawks: 5 Bold Predictions
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You can't talk about this decade's Dallas Cowboys without discussing the Seattle Seahawks.

In 2012, when Golden Tate took out Sean Lee on a crack-back block and the Seahawks embarrassed a Cowboys team who had just defeated the defending champion New York Giants, we saw which of the two teams was truly ready for the big stage.

In 2014, as Rolando McClain intercepted Russell Wilson and the Cowboys clinched a critical road victory, we knew that Dallas was a legit contender.

In 2015, when Seattle finally came to Dallas and rendered the return of Pro Bowl receiver Dez Bryant meaningless in a 13-12 win, the then 2-5 Cowboys were sent further into a Romo-less abyss.

And, in 2017, Dez Bryant's key drops and Dan Bailey's missed field goals during a horrendous home loss to the Seahawks on Christmas Eve might have sealed each of their fates for the following offseason.

The most important moment in this Cowboys/Seahawks history, however, occurred during a preseason game. A meaningless preseason game which turned out to be the most meaningful day in recent Cowboys history.

Cliff Avril dragging Tony Romo down from behind, effectively ending his career, and kicking off the roster massive turnover we have seen the last two offseasons. From Dak Prescott, to a brand new secondary, to the retirement of Jason Witten, and the cutting of Dez Bryant. All of this change, which put an end to the Romo era rosters in Dallas, began with that hit in Seattle.

Since 2012 the Cowboys, and the rest of the NFC really, have been judged by how they play against two teams: the Packers and the Seahawks.

They have been the class of the NFC, and while we like to think that if the "Dez Caught It" game went how it should have Dallas would've handled Seattle, that will forever be an unknown.

Sunday's game is not expected to carry the franchise-changing implications that some of these other match ups have had. The Seahawks are 0-2 and reeling, with a shaky offensive line and reported distrust throughout the organization.The Cowboys, however, can jump-start their season with a big road win over a winless team that they should beat in the minds of many.

But knowing how things between these teams tend to go, Sunday afternoon may end up having major implications on the rest of the Cowboys' season.

Where this could be the case is in a potential Earl Thomas trade. It's been speculated that Seattle has been hesitant to deal Thomas to Dallas before their week 3 match up, but could be more willing to do so after the game.

Especially if that game is a loss which sends them to 0-3. The Cowboys have been actively pursuing Earl Thomas, and Thomas has certainly made it clear that he wants to be in Dallas. The only party not willing to make it happen thus far, are the Seahawks.

So, this weekend, there is a chance another chapter is added to those franchise-changing moments in Cowboys/Seahawks lore.



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A Look Around The NFC East: Week 3

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Tyrone Crawford, Carson Wentz, Eagles

Week two didn't go as planned for much of the NFC East, with only the Dallas Cowboys reigning victorious last Sunday.

Now, three teams are locked in a tie for first place at 1-1, with the New York Giants lagging behind with a winless record. Week 3 is shaping up to be a potential early turning point, however, with Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz returning and each team facing a very beatable opponent.

Let's take a look around the division and see what the Cowboys' foes will be facing this week.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles fell victim to one of the more surprising upsets of the weekend last Sunday, as Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the Eagles 27-21. While their defense got off to a shaky start in the loss, it was the offense which proved too little too late in their push down the stretch.

Carson Wentz is expected to not only return but to start on Sunday in the Eagles' match up against the Colts. Indianapolis upset the Washington Redskins last week, but will be 6 point underdogs when the game kicks off in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Wentz should give the defending champs an extra boost, and while they haven't looked as dominant as many expected through the first two games, this could be the game to spring them the rest of the way.

Washington Redskins

As mentioned earlier, the Redskins fell in Indianapolis last week, and are now tied for first place in the division with a 1-1 record. As dominant and impressive as Washington looked in their opener against Arizona, Washington's week two loss featured lethargic offensive play for four quarters.

This week the Redskins are three point home underdogs as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers come to town. Green Bay tied Minnesota a week ago, but behind Rodgers and their potent offense, they have the chance to take advantage of Washington's suspect secondary down the field.

Sunday will be a tough test for the Redskins as they look to get back above .500 against a tough conference opponent.

New York Giants

The Giants' season is on the brink this week, and that really isn't a dramatic statement at all. Now at 0-2 with a division loss to the Cowboys last week, the Giants have to beat the 0-2 Texans on Sunday to get some confidence and keep pace within the conference.

Lucky for them, the Texans haven't looked impressive whatsoever through two games. Unlucky for them, the Texans have strong pass rushers like JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney ready to abuse their weak offensive line.

Houston is a six point home favorite over the Giants, proving it will be an uphill battle for New York to save their season.



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Cowboys en Español: La Defensiva de Dallas es Muy Real

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense? 3

Después de dos semanas de acción de los Dallas Cowboys, una cosa ha quedado más que clara. La defensiva del coordinador defensivo Rod Marinelli ha demostrado que es realmente buena. No como en otros años, que nos conformábamos con que la defensiva dejará avanzar y cediera tres puntos hasta que se rompía en el último cuarto.

No, ahora es diferente. Este año, los Dallas Cowboys tienen presión al QB opuesto. No sólo DeMarcus Lawrence, sino Taco Charlton, Randy Gregory y recientemente, los linebackers. Hemos visto a Jaylon Smith y Damien Wilson brindar presión y sobre todo, llegar a sus objetivos.

Los linebackers no han brillado sólo en esto, sino en otros ámbitos defensivos, como cobertura aérea y más. Incluso Joe Thomas ha logrado mantener su nivel que vimos en pretemporada cuando se le ha pedido entrar al campo.

Y en cuanto a la secundaria, no podríamos estar más agradecidos con la actuación de nuestros cornerbacks. Byron Jones está jugando a un nivel increíble. La semana pasada, Eli Manning sólo se atrevió a lanzar el balón en su dirección en cinco ocasiones. En esas cinco, consiguió sólo un pase completo para cero yardas. Chidobe Awuzie también ha tenido un gran inicio al 2018, manteniendo un nivel de juego consistente y efectivo. Estamos hablando de que el domingo pasado, estos dos cornerbacks se enfrentaron a uno de los mejores WR en la NFL, Odell Beckham Jr.

Finalmente, la posición de safety se ha visto como la unidad más débil en la defensiva. Jeff Heath es un titular promedio y Kavon Frazier tiene mucho camino por recorrer. Afortunadamente, hay esperanza de que Xavier Woods regrese de lesión este domingo.

A pesar de que en el 2016 todos veíamos a la ofensiva como nuestro futuro, es sorprendente el nivel que ha mostrado la defensiva. Es más agresiva, más efectiva y más confiable que en otros años. No podemos subestimar la llegada del coach Kris Richard al equipo.

Sobre todo después de que en el partido contra los New York Giants y los Carolina Panthers se demostró que Richard está involucrado directamente con las decisiones de las jugadas que se ejecutarán en el campo. Incluso Marinelli no tuvo problemas admitiendo que efectivamente, Richard estaba ganándose un rol en este aspecto.

Esto es muy relevante para los Dallas Cowboys, pues una de las cosas más destacadas que hemos visto las últimas semanas es el usaje de cargas o "blitzes" especiales en varias oportunidades. Incluyendo tercer down y largo.

Es algo que no habíamos visto nunca con el conservador Marinelli y que claramente es producto de Richard. Este personaje que viene de los Seattle Seahawks continua emergiendo como un candidato real al puesto de coordinador defensivo en el 2019 o quien sabe, quizá sea nombrado head coach si las cosas comienzan a ir mal para este equipo.

Sin duda alguna, la defensiva ha demostrado que es muy confiable y real. Es tiempo de que la ofensiva de Dallas responda a esto y comience a mover más las cadenas y sobre todo, aprovechar las oportunidades que tengan de anotar touchdowns. Empezar a depender de goles de campo nunca sale bien.

Linehan: "Butler Has Had a Good Camp", But Will He Stay?

Dallas Cowboys WR Brice Butler (Matthew Emmons / USA TODAY Sports)

Sobre la llegada de Brice Butler

Increíblemente, Brice Butler regresó a los Dallas Cowboys, incluso después de todos los comentarios que hizo en ciertos programas de televisión. La primera reacción al respecto fue de confusión; ¿por qué regresar con un receptor que nunca fue tan especial y que habló tanto de Dallas?

La respuesta a esta pregunta se esclareció un poco este jueves por la noche cuando surgieron los rumores de que Terrance Williams, quien fue arrestado en el offseason por intoxicación pública, podría ser suspendido pronto por la NFL.

Esto probablemente no sucederá antes del partido de la semana 3, pero de todas maneras explica mucho sobre el último movimiento de los Cowboys.

Predicción #DALvsSEA

En un partido bastante cerrado, creo que la defensiva de los Dallas Cowboys hará lo suficiente para llevarse la victoria. Es de suma importancia derribar a Russell Wilson y sobre todo, que la ofensiva tenga su mejor actuación de la campaña. La defensiva de Seahawks es bastante efectiva y no será sencillo vencerlos.

Marcador: Dallas Cowboys 21 - Seattle Seahawks 17

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