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Cole Dickson Beasley[1] (born April 26, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He played college football at Southern Methodist University.

Cole Beasley
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Beasley with the Dallas Cowboys in 2016
No. 10 – Buffalo Bills
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1989-04-26) April 26, 1989 (age 30)
Houston, Texas
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight:180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school:Little Elm (Little Elm, Texas)
College:Southern Methodist (SMU)
Undrafted:2012
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2019
Receptions:378
Receiving yards:3,935
Return yards:239
Total touchdowns:29
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

A prototypical slot receiver, Beasley is known for his route-running and shiftiness despite his smaller-than-average size for an NFL receiver.[2]

High SchoolEdit

Beasley attended Little Elm High School, where he was an option quarterback, leading the Lobos to the Texas UIL-4A playoffs in consecutive years.[3][4] He was a district co-MVP, posting 1,184 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 1,570 passing yards, and 12 touchdowns. He was rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com.[5]

College careerEdit

Beasley accepted a scholarship from Southern Methodist University, where he was converted into a wide receiver, playing in 11 games with 7 starts as a freshman, while finishing third on the team with 42 receptions for 366 yards and three touchdowns.[6][7][8]

As a sophomore, he started seven games, making 40 receptions (fourth on the team), 493 yards and three touchdowns. SMU would win the 2009 Hawaii Bowl marking the first bowl invite since the so-called death penalty.[9][10][11]

As a junior, he posted 87 receptions (second for a single-season in school history), 1,060 yards and six touchdowns.[12][13]

As a senior, he registered 86 receptions for 1,040 yards (second on the team) and two touchdowns.[14][15]

Collegiate statisticsEdit

Cole Beasley
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD
2008 SMU CUSA FR WR 11 42 366 8.7 3
2009 SMU CUSA SO WR 12 40 493 12.3 3
2010 SMU CUSA JR WR 14 87 1,060 12.2 6
2011 SMU CUSA SR WR 12 86 1,040 12.1 2
Career SMU 255 2,959 11.6 14

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 7 78 in
(1.72 m)
175 lb
(79 kg)
4.49 s 1.57 s 2.66 s 4.40 s 7.16 s 38 in
(0.97 m)
10 ft 6 in
(3.20 m)
17 reps
All values from Pro Day[16]

Dallas CowboysEdit

2012 season: Rookie yearEdit

Beasley went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft because of his size and was signed by the Dallas Cowboys.[17] He left abruptly during training camp, stating he was dealing with "personal stuff", and even considered retiring from professional football. He went on to have a sudden change of heart, returning and making the final 53-man roster.[18] In 10 games of his rookie year, he made 15 receptions for 128 receiving yards.[19]

2013 seasonEdit

Beasley found ways to be productive while being surrounded by a solid corps of wide receivers, having the highest completion percentage of any receiver in the NFL with more than 10 targets.[20] He was targeted by quarterback Tony Romo on third down, especially in spread formations.[21] Much of this became attributed to Beasley's very good route running.[22] He posted 39 receptions for 368 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. He also returned 10 punts for 68 yards, along with one kickoff for 11 yards.[23]

2014 seasonEdit

Beasley posted 37 receptions (fourth on the team), 420 yards (fourth on the team) and four touchdowns. He averaged nearly 50 yards per game during the final six contests of the season.[24] In the Wild Card playoff win against the Detroit Lions, he made four catches – three for first downs- for 63 yards and recovered a critical Romo fumble.[25]

2015 seasonEdit

On March 3, the Cowboys signed Beasley for an additional four years, with a total contract value of $13.6 million. With leading receiver Dez Bryant injured for most of the season, he finished with 52 receptions (tied for second on the team) for 537 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns (led the team), while playing with four different starting quarterbacks with varying degrees of knowledge of the team's offense.[26]

At the beginning of the year he was used to fill in as a punt returner, due to his ball security ability. He was eventually replaced by rookie Lucky Whitehead after having poor return averages and a critical muffed punt in a loss against the New York Giants.

2016 seasonEdit

Beasley posted career highs in receptions and yards, catching 75 passes for 833 yards and five touchdowns on 98 targets.[27] His 76.5% catch rate ranked second among NFL wide receivers in 2016.[28]

2017 seasonEdit

In the 2017 season, Beasley finished with 36 receptions for 314 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns.[29]

2018 seasonEdit

Beasley started the 2018 season with seven receptions for 73 yards in a 16–8 loss to the Carolina Panthers.[30] In Week 6, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he had nine receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns in the 40–7 victory.[31] Overall, he finished with 65 receptions for 672 yards and three touchdowns in the 2018 season.[32] The Cowboys won the NFC East and earned the #4-seed in the NFC Playoffs.[33] In the Wild Card Round against the Seattle Seahawks, Beasley had three receptions for 28 yards in the 24–22 victory.[34] In the Divisional Round against the Los Angeles Rams, he had one reception for 15 yards in the 30–22 loss.[35]

Buffalo BillsEdit

On March 13, 2019, Beasley signed a four-year, $29 million contract with the Buffalo Bills.[36][37] Beasley caught his first touchdown reception with the Bills in a 31–21 week 6 win over the Miami Dolphins.[38] Against the Dallas Cowboys, his former team, on Thanksgiving Day in Week 13, Beasley finished with 110 receiving yards and a touchdown as the Bills won 26–15.[39]

NFL statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Returning Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Ret Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2012 DAL 10 0 15 128 8.5 20 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2013 DAL 14 3 39 368 9.4 23 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 11 79 7.2 14 0 1 0
2014 DAL 16 2 37 420 11.4 45 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 2
2015 DAL 16 3 52 536 10.3 30 5 0 0 0.0 0 0 12 69 5.8 22 0 2 2
2016 DAL 16 6 75 833 11.1 47 5 1 7 7.0 7 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2017 DAL 15 4 36 314 8.7 54 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 19 9.5 15 0 0 0
2018 DAL 16 4 65 672 10.3 32 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 12 69 5.8 14 0 0 0
Career 103 22 319 3,271 10.3 54 23 1 7 7.0 7 0 40 239 6.0 22 0 5 4

PostseasonEdit

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Returning Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Ret Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2014 DAL 2 0 7 101 14.4 19 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2016 DAL 1 0 4 45 11.3 18 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 8 8.0 8 0 0 0
2018 DAL 2 0 4 43 10.8 15 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 7 7.0 7 0 0 0
Career 5 0 15 189 19 12.6 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 15 7.5 8 0 0 0

Music careerEdit

Beasley released the debut single release "80 Stings" in 2017.[40] In 2018 he released his debut album The Autobiography produced by Victor"Phazz" Clark. The two teamed up to form ColdNation Records an independent record label located in Frisco, Texas.[41]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cole Beasley Pro-Football-Reference Profile". rbref.com.
  2. ^ Baerrera, Zeke (May 11, 2017). "Cowboys Cole Beasley perched atop throne of NFL slot WRs". Cowboys Wire. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "Ten years ago, a Little Elm QB named Cole Beasley was running defenses ragged". SportsDayHS. October 9, 2017. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "A Bond Beyond the Game: Little Elm High School's Mike and Cole Beasley". Yahoo. October 15, 2007. Archived from the original on July 27, 2014.
  5. ^ "Cole Beasley". Rivals.yahoo.com. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  6. ^ "SMUMUSTANGS.COM – Official Athletic Site Official Athletic Site – Football". Smumustangs.com. Archived from the original on October 11, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
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  8. ^ "2008 SMU Mustangs Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  9. ^ FanHouse Staff (December 11, 2010). "SMU Death Penalty, Pony Express Profiled On ESPN 30 for 30's 'Pony Excess'". AOL. Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. Retrieved September 24, 2014. They didn't make a bowl game until 2009, when they won the Hawaii Bowl against Nevada, 45–10.
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  14. ^ "2011 SMU Mustangs Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
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  37. ^ Brown, Chris (March 13, 2019). "Offense dominates Bills initial wave of 2019 free agent additions". BuffaloBills.com.
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  39. ^ Louis-Jacques, Marcel (November 28, 2019). "John Brown's TD pass to Devin Singletary highlights Bills' big first half". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  40. ^ "Cole Beasley Drops First Single "80 Stings"". NFL.com. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  41. ^ https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2775686-cowboys-wr-cole-beasley-drops-rap-album-the-autobiography

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