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WR Cole Beasley - Dallas Cowboys

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Beasley is the clear #3 option in the passing game right now, and if Demarco Murray is out, he could get even more work against the Colts in Week 16. He's a reasonable hail mary play at WR.

Week 16: vs Indianapolis Colts

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Tony Romo has relied on four main receivers over the past two weeks, with 15 targets for 12/196/3 going to Dez Bryant; 12 for 9/95/0 flowing to Jason Witten; 11 for 10/52/0 landing in DeMarco Murray's hands; and seven for 7/84/2 going to Cole Beasley. During that time frame, Romo's thrown 43/57 for 470 yards passing, six TDs and zero interceptions - the Cowboys' passing attack is hot right now. They may need to lean on Romo and his arm this week, too, as Murray had finger surgery on Monday and it is uncertain if he'll be able to go in this contest. The Colts' pass D limited Houston to 13/25 for 152 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception after the Texans lost Ryan Fitzpatrick to a broken leg and turned to third-stringer Tom Savage. Two weeks ago, Brian Hoyer also struggled against this secondary, with 13/30 for 133 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions - of late, Indianapolis' pass D is shutting down opponents. They are ranked 19th in the NFL this season, averaging 240.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores handed out vs. 12 interceptions and 36 sacks generated (15th- and 10th-ranked in the NFL, respectively). Lately the Colts are playing much better football than their season numbers indicate, though. Dallas faces an improving pass D in this one - on balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for the Cowboys.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 at NYG 0 0 0 2 2 66 1 0
13 vs PHI 0 0 0 7 4 41 0 1
14 at CHI 0 0 0 3 3 42 2 0
15 at PHI 0 0 0 4 4 42 0 0
16 vs IND PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 3 * * *
16 vs IND PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 3 * * *
16 vs IND PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs PHI (7 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)

Beasley's role in the Dallas passing game remained strong this week. His short-area quickness gets him separation with regularity, especially on third downs. Beasley converted two opportunities early in the game, one coming on a designed screen play. Late in the second quarter, however, Beasley fumbled as he was going out of bounds, a crippling mistake as Dallas already trailed 20-7 at the time. Tony Romo missed Beasley on a wide open out route in the second half. Finally, Beasley rebounded with a full-extension grab on third-and-long late in the game, his highlight reception this week.

2014 Week 14 vs CHI (3 / 3 / 42 / 2 rec)

Beasley continued his strong production with his first career two-touchdown game and now has more touchdowns over the past three weeks, three, than the rest of his career combined. In fact, Beasley's third reception was a potential touchdown as well as he was tackled just short of the end zone on a third down hitch route. Beasley got deep as Tony Romo improvised outside the pocket early in the third quarter. Beasley worked down the sideline, high-pointed the pass, and then dove for the pylon for the score. Beasley continues to beat single coverage on short-area routes underneath and this week added a long reception to his season tally. He has become a reliable target for Tony Romo, especially on third downs, in 2014.

2014 Week 15 vs PHI (4 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)

Beasley caught all of his targets for the second straight game and the fourth time in Dallas' last five games. All of his action came in the first half. Beasley showed nice hands on an out route where the ball got on him in a hurry. He plucked the ball cleanly from over his head on the play. Quality route-running with short-area separation have been a regular occurrence for Beasley and a welcome addition to the Dallas passing game.


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