#11 Cole Beasley
Cole Beasley was born in Houston, Texas on April 26, 1989. He played his college football at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He is a wide receiver in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
Cole Beasley attended Little Elm High School, which is located in Denton County, Texas, just a few minutes down the road from the Dallas Cowboys headquarters in Frisco, Texas. He was a two-sport athlete in high school, playing both basketball and football. It was on the football field where Beasley made a name for himself, though.
Cole Beasley was an option quarterback while at Little Elm High School and led his team to the Texas UI L 4A playoffs in consecutive years. He was a district Co-MVP, and posted 1,184 rushing yards and scored 12 touchdowns on 157 carries. He threw for 1,570 passing yards and 12 touchdowns, while also intercepting three passes on defense.
Cole Beasley was rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com coming out of high school. He ended up receiving offers from both Southern Methodist University and the Air Force, but eventually committed to SMU.
Beasley had his jersey retired at Little Elm High School in 2012 and was in attendance to watch Little Elm beat Frisco Liberty 49-14.
“It’s an honor to have your jersey retired from any place really,” Beasley said prior to the ceremony. “It’s a great opportunity to go back to my high school, and hopefully they appreciate me a little bit more and don’t hate me.”
After finishing his high school career at Little Elm in Denton County, Texas, Cole Beasley decided to continue his football career and accepted a scholarship to Southern Methodist University. Although Beasley was an option quarterback in high school, the coaching staff at SMU decided to convert him from QB to wide receiver.
As a freshman in 2008, Cole Beasley played in 11 games and started seven of those contests. He ended the season ranked third on the team with 42 catches for 366 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
In 2009 as a sophomore, Cole Beasley once again started seven games and played in a total of 12. He ended the season ranked fourth on the team with 40 catches for 493 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Beasley’s contribution as a wide receiver helped the Mustangs win the 2009 Hawaii Bowl, which marks the first bowl invite since the so-called “death penalty” or “Ponygate”.
Ponygate refers to the incident in which the football program at SMU was investigated and punished for numerous violations of NCAA rules and regulations. These violations occurred from the mid-1970s through 1986. The severity of the penalty handed down to SMU by the NCAA is still one of the most severe penalties handed down to a Division I collegiate program.
As a junior, Cole Beasley started all 14 games at receiver and caught 87 passes for 1,060 receiving yards and six touchdowns. His 1,060 receiving yards was the fourth highest single-season total in school history, and his 87 catches rank second for a single-season in the program’s history. Beasley also returned both a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown in the 2010 season. He ended up being named to the Second Team All-Conference USA based on his performance as a junior.
In 2011, Beasley’s senior year, he started all 12 games and led the team with 86 catches for 1,040 receiving yards (second on the team) and scored two touchdowns.
2012 NFL Draft
Upon the completion of his collegiate career at SMU, Cole Beasley unfortunately didn’t get to hear his name called in any of the seven rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft because of concerns about his size, or lack thereof. The Dallas Cowboys decided to sign him as an undrafted free agent and gave him his chance to continue his football career as a professional in the NFL.
In training camp, Cole Beasley left abruptly because of what he stated as having to deal with “personal stuff” and even contemplated retiring from professional football altogether. He ended up having a change of heart and returned to the team, eventually making the final 53 man roster.
As a rookie in 2012, Cole Beasley played in 10 games and made 15 receptions for 98 yards.
In 2013, he accumulated 39 receptions for 368 receiving yards and scored two touchdowns. He ended up having the highest completion percentage of any receiver in the NFL with more than 10 targets. Beasley became Tony Romo’s favorite target on third downs, which was contributed to Beasley’s precision route running skills.
In 2014, Beasley ended up finishing fourth on the team in both receptions (37) and receiving yards (420). He was also able to find the end zone four times.
On March 3, 2015, the Dallas Cowboys signed Cole Beasley to a four-year contract worth $13.6 million. He ended up having the best statistical season of his career, catching 52 passes for 537 receiving yards and scoring five touchdowns. His 52 receptions tied for second on the team and his five touchdowns led all Cowboys receivers that year.
Cole Beasley’s best statistical season — in 2015 — is largely attributed to Dez Bryant‘s ongoing battle with a foot injury, but is even more impressive considering he played with four different quarterbacks with varying degrees of knowledge of the offense.
Cole Beasley signed a four year, $13.6 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys on March 3, 2015.
Beasley received a $4 million signing bonus and $5 million in full guarantees. Cole Beasley’s 2016 salary becomes fully guaranteed if he is still on the roster on the fifth day of the 2016 season. He is also eligible for a $500,000 annual escalator. His contract makes him the 48th highest paid of 376 wide receivers in the NFL.
In 2016, Beasley’s base salary will be $2,356,000 and he will have a cap hit of $3,356,000. His base salary in 2017 will be $3 million and his hit against the cap will be $4 million. In the last year of his contract, 2018, Cole Beasley’s base salary will be $3,250,000 and his cap number will be $4,250,000.
The Cowboys will then have to decide if they want to sign him to a third contract or move on.
Loss to Minnesota Could be the Final Nail in Jason Garrett’s Coffin
The 2019 NFL season kind of seemed like a do or die situation for the Dallas Cowboys current Head Coach Jason Garrett. He is currently in the last year of his contract and his future with the Cowboys organization could be hanging in the balance, especially after the devastating loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
If Jason Garrett isn't extended beyond this season, this loss to Minnesota could possibly be where his career with the Dallas Cowboys started to circle the drain. There are still several games left on the Cowboys schedule this season, but this one loss could be the one that ends up knocking them out of the playoffs. If that's true, it's hard to believe JG will be retained.
Jerry Jones, and son Stephen, have both fully supported Jason Garrett since he became the Cowboys full-time head coach back in 2011 after serving as the interim HC for Wade Phillips in 2010. That's nearly a decade of the Jones' sticking by JG through all of the thick and thin over years. That unwavering support however could be coming to an end though.
The proof is in the pudding as they say. As a head coach Jason Garrett is slightly above average according to his all-time win/loss record. His regular-season record as the HC with the Cowboys is 82-62 (.569) and he's 2-3 (.400) in the postseason. Add all of that up and he's 84-65 (.564) in his career… slightly above average.
If I know anything about the Jones', I know getting the Dallas Cowboys back to the promised land as one of the best teams in the NFL is at the top of their list. That's why we've seen them over the years take chances on players other teams wouldn't in order to put together the most competitive roster they possibly could. Now that attention might need to be shifted from the players to the head coach.
Much like the Jones', I've supported and stood by Jason Garrett over the years. That support is dwindling though after each and every loss this season, at least on my part. Personally, I'm ready to find some new blood and move on. What the Jones' end up doing though is completely up in the air.
I want to believe the Dallas Cowboys are ready to move on from JG, but I'm not completely convinced. The fact that his current contract is about to expire after the season suggests they're at least considering parting ways, but that's all it does. I think how the rest of season turns out after the devastating loss to the Vikings will end up determining his fate.
If JG somehow sneaks the Cowboys into the playoffs it could save his job. That unfortunately is no easy thing to do with the teams they have left to play this season. Because of that, the Week 10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings could end up being the final nail in Jason Garrett's coffin.
What do you think? Is it time to part ways with Jason Garrett?
Lions QB Matthew Stafford’s Status Still Unknown for Cowboys Game
The Dallas Cowboys are headed to Detroit this Sunday for a Week 11 meeting with the Lions. As Dallas tries to get back to winning games, they may get a boost from the absence of Lions' Quarterback Matthew Stafford. After missing last week's game with a back injury, Stafford's status for this week remains unclear.
Stafford was a limited participant in practices all of Week 10 for Detroit and went into their game with the Chicago Bears as a game-time decision. He was ultimately ruled out due to fractures in his back; the first start Stafford's missed for the Lions since the 2010 season.
Jeff Driskel got the start as the Lions fell in Chicago. He is 1-5 as an NFL starter overall, going 1-4 in games for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018.
The Lions are now 3-5-1 on the year and at the bottom of the NFC North. They are also far behind in the Wild Card race, which leads to speculation that they could shut Stafford down for the season to preserve his long-term health. Based on Matthew's contract, the earliest Detroit can easily get out from his contract is after the 2020 season.
For his part, Matthew Stafford has said he has no plans on staying out this season as long he's medically cleared to play. He certainly would love to be active this Sunday against the Cowboys, the team of his youth, after playing his high school football in Dallas.
Even if Stafford plays, Dallas has done solidly overall against opposing quarterbacks in 2019. They are sixth in passing yards allowed per game and 14th in opponent passer rating.
Detroit is fourth in passing offense right now in the NFL but that was based on eight games with Stafford at QB. Jeff Driskel will not perform at that same level, and the Lions' rushing attack has been very weak since Kerryon Johnson went on injured reserve.
We'll see in the coming days if Matthew Stafford is at practice for Detroit and to what extent. But even if he does practice some, as he did last week, it could once again be a last-minute decision for the Lions if Stafford actually plays on Sunday.
With the Cowboys desperate for a win, they'll take all the help they can get.
Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott Primed for Big Games vs Lions
The Dallas Cowboys were brought back down to earth this past Sunday in their 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. After dominating the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, the Cowboys got manhandled in the trenches on both offense and defense. Running Back Dalvin Cook had 183 all-purpose yards (97 rushing, 86 receiving) due to his offensive line opening holes bigger than the state of Texas. All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott, however, was held to just 47 yards on 20 carries because his offensive line got bullied from start to finish.
This coming Sunday, the Cowboys will be looking to bounce back against the Detroit Lions and maintain their position atop the NFC East. The Lions defense is one of the worst in the league vs the run and pass which sets up the Cowboys two biggest offensive stars, Dak Prescott and Elliott to have huge games.
Prescott is currently second in the NFL in passing yards, third in passing touchdowns, and first in QBR. He will get every opportunity to improve on those numbers this Sunday going up against Detroit's 28th ranked passing defense. They've allowed four quarterbacks to pass for over 300 yards, Prescott has three games with such production himself in 2019.
He will be bringing with him a very explosive receiving core. Amari Cooper is currently third in the NFL in receiving yards with 848. He's coming off a game in which he had his second-highest yardage total (147) and tied his highest reception total (11) in any game this season. Michael Gallup has already equaled his reception total and surpassed both his yardage and touchdown totals from his rookie season in 2018. Randall Cobb had his best game by far as a Cowboy with six receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown vs the Vikings.
With Prescott playing at a high level, his receiving core more together than ever, and facing the leagues 30th ranked defense I smell another big game for number 4.
Elliott had his second-worst game of the season vs the Vikings after three consecutive 100-yard performances. The chances of him bouncing back in this game are very high considering the Lions rank 26th vs the run. Seven of the nine teams the Lions have faced have rushed for over 100 yards, including three individual performances over the century mark.
The two-time rushing champion is tied for the second-most games over 100 yards this season with five, trailing only Carolina's Christian McCaffrey who has six. Also, the Cowboys offensive line will be looking to bounce back themselves after the Vikings defensive front took them to the woodshed this past Sunday. I wouldn't at all be surprised if Elliott has one of his biggest performances of the season after such a pedestrian outing last week. Also, having a motivated offensive line blocking for him doesn't hurt either.
The Cowboy's best formula for success is still establishing Elliott early to set up Prescott and the play-action passing game.
With the NFC East still firmly up for grabs, the Cowboys have minimal room for error for this rest of the season. Going up against a defense this bad could be just what the doctor ordered for Prescott and Elliott to dominate on the road. If this were to come to pass, the Cowboys chances at improving to 6-4 this Sunday will be extremely high.
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