Cole Beasley
Cole Beasley
30-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Buffalo Bills
Questionable
Injury Abdomen
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Beasley agreed to terms with the Bills this offseason on a four-year pact worth $29 million. The 30-year-old is coming off of a 2018 season in which he caught 65 passes for 672 yards and three scores in 16 games for the Cowboys. In addition to signing Beasley, John Brown was added to Buffalo pass-catching group that previously had minimal depth behind Zay Jones and Robert Foster. The team now has four wide receivers who can make a legitimate case for regular snaps, though it's safe to assume Beasley was signed with a consistent slot role in mind. Dividing playing time outside between Brown, Jones and Foster figures to be the greater challenge, and there won't be a ton of catches to go around unless Josh Allen improves his accuracy. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $29 million contract with the Bills in March of 2019.
Limited Tuesday
WRBuffalo Bills
Abdomen
June 11, 2019
Beasley, who continues to recover from core abdominal surgery, is practicing on a limited basis Tuesday, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Beasley was unavailable during the last round of practices, so this is a positive development, as the plan all along has been for the team's free-agent acquisition to be full-go for training camp.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Cole Beasley's 2018 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
38.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.87
 
% Team Air Yards
16.2%
 
% Team Targets
16.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
7.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
74.7%
 
Drop Rate
2.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.5
 
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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2018 Cole Beasley Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Cole Beasley's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
Height
5' 8"
 
Weight
174 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.49 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.40 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.16 sec
 
Vertical Jump
38.0 in
 
Broad Jump
126 in
 
Bench Press
17 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Beasley took a major step backwards after his breakout 2016, posting a career-low 5.0 YPT and catching his fewest passes since his 10-game rookie campaign in 2012. The diminutive slot receiver is elusive enough to create separation, but the chemistry he showed with Dak Prescott the season before was largely absent. With Jason Witten now retired, however, Beasley could adopt the role of Prescott's primary security blanket and chain-moving target, giving him some PPR potential despite his disappointing 2017 numbers.
Overshadowed by Dez Bryant, Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott, Beasley quietly had an excellent year -- 8.5 YPT, 75 catches and five TDs on only 98 looks. Beasley's not going to break off many big plays -- only two 40-yard catches in his entire career -- and he's too small (5-8, 180) to be a red-zone threat. However, with 4.49 40 speed, excellent quickness, strong routes and good hands, he's become a reliable possession receiver, and more importantly, one who has a rapport with Prescott. While Beasley had only one game (Week 1) with double-digit targets, he also never had fewer than four targets in any game, and he had at least four catches in all but three games -- in PPR formats, Beasley has a nice floor. The Cowboys didn't add any skill players of note to their offense this offseason, so Beasley should reprise last year's slot receiver role.
The diminutive slot receiver is coming off his best season in the NFL, including an impressive 112-yard, two-TD performance in Week 9 against the Eagles, but much of his production last year came when Dez Bryant and Tony Romo were sidelined and the Cowboys were scrambling to patch together a passing attack. Beasley's elusiveness can make him dangerous, but when everyone is healthy there won't be enough targets available for him to be an asset in many fantasy formats.
It's hard to envision a lot of upside for the 5-8, 180-pound slot man, but he has a few things going for him this year. First, he signed a four-year, $13.6 million deal, meaning the Cowboys are at least moderately committed to making sure he's involved. Second, his primary competition for throws in the short areas of the field, Jason Witten, is now 33 and has seen a drastic reduction in his volume the last two years. Third, Beasley has passable speed (4.49 40), excellent quickness and plus athleticism. Fourth, the departure of DeMarco Murray and his 392 carries could alter the run-pass split for the Cowboys slightly. But that's about the extent of it. Beasley won't be a factor in the red zone, and will be no better than the team's distant third passing-game option behind star Dez Bryant and Witten (and could be the fourth option depending on how often the team targets deep threat Terrance Williams).
As a poor man's Wes Welker, Beasley was occasionally effective out of the slot in 2013, but the drafting of Devin Street was a clear sign that the Cowboys expect more production from the no. 3 spot on their depth chart. Unless he winds up in New England someday, Beasley's ceiling is very limited.
The Cowboys selection of Terrance Williams with the 74th overal pick in the 2013 NFL Draft spells bad news for Beasley's chances of winning the No. 3 WR spot, as he was already expected to battle Dwayne Harris for the job.
Prototypical small, quick slot receiver will compete for the Cowboys' third WR spot.
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Hopeful for training camp
WRBuffalo Bills
Abdomen
June 4, 2019
Beasley is working his way back from core abdominal surgery and is expected to be good to go by training camp, Mark Ludwiczak the Bills Digest reports.
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Not practicing following surgery
WRBuffalo Bills
Abdomen
May 21, 2019
Beasley was not participating in OTAs on Tuesday after undergoing core muscle surgery a few weeks ago, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
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Joining John Brown in Buffalo
WRDallas Cowboys
March 12, 2019
Beasley intends to sign a four-year, $29 million contract with the Bills, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
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Could re-sign despite frustration
WRDallas Cowboys
January 23, 2019
Beasley indicated Tuesday via his personal Twitter account that he will prioritize utilization over money when evaluating the market for his services this offseason, The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Slight rebound in 2018
WRDallas Cowboys
January 19, 2019
Beasley finished the regular season with 65 catches on 87 targets for 672 yards and three touchdowns.
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