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    Is Cole Beasley Looking At A Lesser Role In 2016?

    I hate to keep bringing up the 2015 season, but it is the last reference point that we have to judge the production of the and their players.

    In all honesty, I would like to wipe it from memory in hopes of forgetting all about the disastrous season last year, but since that's not possible we just have to take comfort in the fact that a new season kicks off in the not so distant future.

    There has been one area of the Cowboys that has continued to haunt me ever since went down with an early in the 2015 season against the division rival .

    I knew then that the Cowboys wide receivers would struggle without Bryant in the lineup. There really isn't another receiver on the roster that could step up and become that #1 WR, but there was one player that I thought might be able to take on a larger role.

    A lot of people were hoping that would hopefully step up and lessen the blow in Bryant”s absence, but the player I was expecting to see more from was .

    After nearly walking away from the game as a rookie, Beasley has really established himself as a player to look for in clutch situations.

    I really thought that after Bryant went down with injury early in 2015, Beasley would be the player that would look to more often.

    Of course, Romo himself ended up getting injured and forced the Cowboys into playing a number of backup QB's the rest of the season. That could possibly have had something to do with the production of the receivers.

    Still, Beasley managed to have the best season of his career in 2015 and if you take a look at his statistics since his rookie year, you will notice he has improved each year.

    Receptions Yards TD
    2012 15 128 0
    2013 39 368 2
    2014 37 420 4
    2015 52 536 5

    Despite the fact that Beasley continues to be more involved in the offense each year, there is reason to believe he could be looking at a lesser role in 2016.

    Let me try to explain why this may happen…

    Reason #1-The return of Dez Bryant

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    I know what you're probably thinking. Why would the return of Bryant have any effect on Beasley's role?

    Well, it's not just the return of Bryant, but also the emergence of .

    I have a feeling that Butler will have a much larger role in the offense in 2016, which might actually help Bryant because they could play him more out of the slot to keep him away from the opposing defenses best .

    If this is the case, then Terrance Williams and Brice Butler will more than likely be the two outside receivers with Bryant playing out of the slot, where Beasley has found a home for himself.

    We all know that Bryant will be the number one target once he is back on the field, and I truly believe that Butler could possibly this year's breakout player. That leaves Beasley looking for targets wherever he can find them.

    Reason #2- A dominant running game

    Cowboys Headlines - Is Cole Beasley Looking At A Lesser Role In 2016? 2We all know that the Cowboys are going to return to the 2014 blueprint and place an emphasis on running the football.

    They didn't invest the #4 overall draft pick on to put more emphasis on the . They drafted him to become The Butcher and get all the meat off the bone.

    If you've forgotten, said last year that left a lot of the meat on the bone after the 2014 season, but Randle never even came close. Elliott however, will get every scrap of meat off the bone with the precision of a butcher, hence the nickname.

    The Butcher, Ezekiel Elliott, will more than likely be the engine that powers the offense, so I'm thinking that will probably want wide receivers on the field that can help block for Elliott down the field. That might lead Beasley watching from the sidelines a little more.

    Due to Beasley size (5'8″, 180), he is never going to be considered a physically imposing player and he might be one of the last wide receivers on the Cowboys roster that you would want blocking for your bell cow running back. I'm not saying he can't do it, but I do think that there are better options on the roster.

    All in all, there is really no way of telling for sure if Cole Beasley's role in the offense will increase or decrease in 2016, but there are reasons to believe we could be seeing less of the diminutive .

    Where do you stand on Cole Beasley's role in 2016?

    Feel free to use the comment section below or hit me up on @bmart0204 so we can discuss this topic further.

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    Brian Martin
    Brian Martin
    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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    Randy Martin

    The “emergence” of Brice Butler??? Because he is 6-3 and 215 and fast everybody automatically assumes he is going to be good. Lets not forget that he could not make it in Oakland when they were starving for receivers. And he had all of 12 catches last year and 8 of them came in the last two games. He was hamstring most of the season. Im on record saying there is more style than substance with Butler and folks should temper their expectations until he actually does something.

    Mark Douglas

    Oakland actually has a deeper WR corp than Dallas. Butler could no longer crack the top 4 in Oakland yet he is widely considered a good candidate to unseat Williams as the #2.
    Don’t sleep on him.

    Mark Douglas

    The most prominent factor that will likely lead to a drop in Beasley’s production is the emergence of Lucky Whitehead who can play the slot and now go outside due to his offseason work in the weight room which has packed on 15 lbs.
    Whitehead is much faster and reliable with the ball in his hands. ( no turnovers)

    Jess Haynie

    One offsetting factor could be Jason Witten’s slow decline. Beasley seems a good candidate to get more of those short-range, underneath catches as Witten’s ability to get open wanes.