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Placing Value on Cowboys Slot Receiver Position this Offseason

Another , another ominously discussing his status with the team – this time ahead of with . His impact on the Cowboys had been inconsistent at best under , and with the Cowboys moving in a new direction at OC, it may also be time for a new look at Cole's slot position.

Beasley took to Twitter on Tuesday to discuss his role with the team and some of the behind the scenes decisions that went into each week's offensive . Among his quotes, “utilization is more important than money,” and, “I haven't been a huge priority in that regard (the pushing who they want to get the ball to)”.

All signs point towards being the next Cowboys OC, opening up the game planning to include further input from Jason Garrett and . “Dak friendly” was the buzz word of last year's offseason, and now after another season from Prescott, the Cowboys are taking real strides to accommodate their . Former Cowboys QB Jon Kitna is also in agreement to join the staff, potentially as the QB Coach if Moore is promoted.

Beasley had at least five receptions in each of Prescott's first three career games, the connection between the rookie QB and reliable receiver evident. 2016 was a career high in receptions, yards, and touchdowns for Beasley.

The new direction of the Cowboys offense should put a priority on the tight end in the passing game, but it was Beasley that became Prescott's security blanket as was to .

A more recent example of the impact Beasley can make out of the slot came in week six this season. Exploiting a talented , the Cowboys put up a season-high 40 points in a blowout win. Beasley had nine receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns, just the second time he's eclipsed 100 yards in his Dallas career and seventh game with multiple scores.

Placing Value on Cowboys Slot Receiver Position this Offseason

The offseason is a time to look at all possible upgrades, and though the Cowboys hand may be forced if Beasley departs in free agency for a better opportunity, there are more dynamic and cheaper options available in the draft.

Options already on the roster include second-year player , futures contract addition , and receiver .

Even still, electric players like Andy Isabella have become early fan favorites in the draft. Out of UMASS, Isabella is at the Senior Bowl this week, making quick work of defensive backs with tight footwork and effortless separation ability.

Chris Hogan, Adam Humphries, and are potential free agency targets for the Cowboys at this position as well.

With and tabbed to start on the outside again next season, the Cowboys shouldn't be done looking for depth at wide receiver, but have a decision to make on if they'll be players for a new starter in the slot.

Paying a premier price for a player expected to exceed the production of Beasley, who puts up numbers whenever given the chance to, would at least give a sense of direction to the Cowboys offense in 2019. Without Linehan's input on whether Beasley is retained or not though, is no closer to knowing if he'll be a part of the offense or not moving forward.

Just one of the major personnel decisions that could come down in the next months, along with a for Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and , has promised a “busy” offseason and Beasley's helped assure this by stirring things up on social media.

Sean Martin
Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
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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