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WR Cole Beasley - Dallas Cowboys

5-8, 177Born: 2-26-1989College: Southern MethodistDrafted: ---

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General News (Wed Dec 12): practiced fully on Wednesday.

Week 15: at Indianapolis Colts

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Cowboys have surged of late through the air, producing six passing touchdowns over the past three games and by far a season-high 455 yards in the overtime win over the Eagles in Week 14. Amari Cooper has turned into a season-changer for Dallas with six touchdowns in six games with the team including an eye-popping 10-217-3 last week. Michael Gallup has excelled as an ancillary option, separating on deep routes and providing a speed presence downfield. The tight end position has been a glaring disappointment in 2018 but the combination of Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz paired to produce 10-93-0 in a promising Week 14 committee. Dallas is completing a robust 68% of their passes but have allowed the most sacks in the NFL (48), including 10 over the past two weeks. The Colts are the definition of an average defense against the pass. On the season, they have only allowed three quarterbacks to throw for over 300 yards, but have failed to shut anyone down either as the only four quarterbacks to not throw for 240 yards or more were Blaine Gabbert, Derek Anderson, Cody Kessler, and Ryan Tannehill. They are middle of the road in terms of sacks and allowing nearly 72% of passes to be completed (second-highest in the NFL) but contain big plays, allowing the seventh-least plays of 20 or more yards. The Colts are most suspect against tight ends, allowing 11-151-0 to the Houston trio last week and at least 50 yards to Jordan Reed, Rob Gronkowski, and Jared Cook the most productive tight ends on their schedule to-date. Against wide receivers, Indianapolis has not allowed a 100-yard game since Week 4, shutting down DeAndre Hopkins last week to 36 yards as their most notable recent test.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at ATL 42 0 0 0 7 5 51 0 0 5.1
12 vs WAS 43 0 0 0 2 1 5 0 0 0.5
13 vs NO 47 0 0 0 3 2 9 0 0 0.9
14 vs PHI 65 0 0 0 4 2 18 0 0 1.8
15 at IND PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * *
15 at IND PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *
15 at IND PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 2 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Cole Beasley's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 14 vs PHI (4 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

Despite 54 passes by Dallas in the overtime win over Philadelphia, Beasley was close to invisible with a mere four targets and 18 yards. Beasley did convert third downs with both of his receptions, but his lone touchdown opportunity was an end zone slant where he barely got a single hand on the full extension target. Beasley has been a clear ancillary target since Amari Cooper's addition and only scored a touchdown in one game (Week 6) this season, averaging less than 10 yards per catch.

2018 Week 13 vs NO (3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Beasley's decline of offensive involvement continued against the Saints, seeing a mere three targets. Beasley converted a third down on one of his short receptions, however, Beasley is a clear fourth in Dallas' passing game pecking order behind Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Ezekiel Elliott, and he suffered a foot injury in this game.

2018 Week 12 vs WAS (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

After Beasley's promising seven targets a week ago, he sagged down to irrelevant status against Washington with a mere two looks from Dak Prescott. Beasley logged a short hitch route in the first quarter and Prescott underthrew an open Beasley later in the game. Beasley also drew a third down holding penalty on a defensive back beyond the box score. After averaging 50 yards-per-game before Amari Cooper's addition, Beasley's production has been nearly cut in half (27 yards-per-game) in the four games since.

2018 Week 11 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 51 / 0 rec)

After back-to-back tepid games since Amari Cooper's arrival to the Dallas offense, Beasley sprung to life in the road win against the Falcons. Beasley had a drop on a wide open goal line target, but also drew an illegal contact penalty on a double move down the field on third down beyond the box score. Beasley was physical after the catch for additional yardage on a slot screen. In the fourth quarter Beasley was at his best with a clutch third down crossing route conversion and the passing play of the game. As Dak Prescott shifted to his left, Beasley came open over the middle for a floating pass conversion into Dallas' game-winning field goal range.

2018 Week 10 vs PHI (5 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)

Beasley made two quality catches against the Eagles, one a high-point reception on third down, and the other a deep out contested play. Beasley was open on a third down target, but Dak Prescott missed Beasley on the throw. Since Amari Cooper's arrival, Beasley has been an ancillary target focused on a third down conversions with minimal upside in terms of volume.

2018 Week 9 vs TEN (4 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)

Beasley was a distant fourth on the team in targets against Tennessee, not logging a catch until the final minutes of the game. Earlier in the game Beasley's lone target was down the seam where Beasley was held on the play but also overthrown by Dak Prescott. With Amari Cooper added to the mix, it was clear Beasley's hold on obvious passing down targets has been softened in the Dallas passing game hierarchy.

2018 Week 7 vs WAS (8 / 7 / 56 / 0 rec)

Beasley saw strong volume against Washington, leading the team with eight targets. However, Beasley was held in check for yards-after-the-catch and tackled immediately on two in-breaking routes normally exploited by the shifty Beasley. Two highlight plays for Beasley were a clutch contested out route as Dallas was in comeback mode and a slant conversion on third down, which was called back by penalty. Beasley was wide open over the middle, but a rare overthrow by Dak Prescott thwarted the opportunity. Beasley is the unquestioned lead receiver for Dallas heading into their Week 8 bye.

2018 Week 6 vs JAX (11 / 9 / 101 / 2 rec)

Beasley enjoyed a career day against the Jaguars with 41% of the team's targets, 101 yards, and two touchdowns. Beasley got open at will on inside routes and some of Dak Prescott's best throws were towards Beasley in the game. No other Dallas receiver saw more than two targets, compared to Beasley's 11 looks. Beasley won easily on intermediate crossing and out routes, especially on a red zone touchdown with an open field for yards-after-the-catch. A big day was prevented from being even more pronounced as Beasley was stuffed on a screen pass.

2018 Week 5 vs HOU (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Beasley was a shadow against the Texans, having his worst statistical game of the season. Beasley's lone reception came in overtime on a quick out route. Earlier in the game, one of Dak Prescott's worst throws was in Beasley's direction, an overthrow which was nearly intercepted on third down. Beasley and Dallas' offense faces Jacksonville next week.

2018 Week 4 vs DET (5 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)

It was nearly halftime before Beasley saw a target in Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott-centric offensive attack against the Lions. Beasley had an uncharacteristic drop in a contested situation, but also added yards-after-catch on another reception and a deeper out route to his performance. After a Week 2 clunker against the Giants, Beasley has put up solid outings the last two weeks, offering stability to a developing wide receiver depth chart for Dallas.

2018 Week 3 vs SEA (5 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)

Beasley had two of the highlight passing plays for Dallas in their struggling offensive effort in Seattle. Beasley corralled a low target with one hand and late in the game converted a fourth down with a crossing route reception as Dallas stayed alive. While Beasley has been Dallas' most consistent wide receiver through three games, the ceiling has been low with the offense struggling to maintain drives and convert third downs.

2018 Week 2 vs NYG (3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

After being the clear leading receiver in Week 1, Beasley had minimal involvement against the Giants. Of his three targets, one was a tightly-covered end zone route which was nearly intercepted. Beasley did not see a target until almost halftime, drawing a defensive pass interference penalty on a slant route. Beasley's best play came on a third-and-long comeback route, one of Dak Prescott's best throws in the game into a tight window.

2018 Week 1 vs CAR (8 / 7 / 73 / 0 rec)

Beasley was arguably the lone strong performer among Dallas' skill position players against Carolina. Beasley separated well from defenders within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage and benefitted from some of Dak Prescott's few accuracy deliveries in the game. While not a fast receiver, Beasley has quality short area quickness, especially with option routes from the slot. Beasley also added a contested slant reception this week in addition to his wide open looks.

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Latest News

Cowboys | Wednesday's practice report for Dallas (Wed Dec 12, 04:28 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (shoulder), DL David Irving (ankle), OG Zack Martin (knee) and TE Geoff Swaim (wrist) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 12. WR Tavon Austin (groin), LB Sean Lee (hamstring) and OT Tyron Smith (neck) were listed as limited participants, while WR Cole Beasley (foot), CB Anthony Brown (hand) and OG Xavier Su'a-Filo (ankle, thumb) were able to go full.

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Cowboys | Dallas' injury report for Week 14 (Fri Dec 7, 04:56 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin (groin), DL David Irving (ankle), LB Sean Lee (hamstring) and TE Geoff Swaim (wrist) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 14 against the Philadelphia Eagles. WR Michael Gallup (illness) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is listed as questionable. OT Tyron Smith (neck) remained limited in practice Friday and is also listed as questionable. LB Joe Thomas (non-injury) did not practice Friday but was left off the injury report. CB Chido Awuzie (illness), WR Cole Beasley (foot), DT Maliek Collins (knee), OG Zack Martin (knee), OG Xavier Su'a-Filo (ankle, thumb) logged a full practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report.

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Cowboys | Cole Beasley full go Thursday (Thu Dec 6, 04:42 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (foot) was upgraded to a full practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Cowboys | Thursday injury report for Dallas (Thu Dec 6, 04:39 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin (groin), DT David Irving (ankle), LB Sean Lee (hamstring) and TE Geoff Swaim (wrist) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 6. OT Tyron Smith (neck) and OG Xavier Su'a-Filo (ankle, thumb) were limited. CB Chido Awuzie (illness), WR Cole Beasley (foot) and OG Zack Martin (knee) practiced in full.

Our View: It doesn't sound like Lee is going to play in Week 14. Leighton Vander Esch will remain an every down linebacker for at least one more week.
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Cowboys | Cole Beasley says he can suit up (Wed Dec 5, 08:37 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (foot) said Wednesday, Dec. 5, that he's 'feeling good' and that 'if it was game time I'd be able to go right now.'

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Schedule

15@ Indianapolis Colts
16vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17@ New York Giants