Cole Beasley is a team player. And he’s also a competitor.
“The plays are a lot different now than they were before,” Beasley said. “I’m kind of locked into the shorter routes and kind of doing stuff of that nature instead of getting down the field as much.”
He’s not happy about it because it means fewer targets, fewer receptions, fewer chances to help his team win. Most of the deeper routes are going to Cooper and rookie Michael Gallup. Other passes are going to the tight ends and Ezekiel Elliott out of the backfield, as the Cowboys’ offense, understandably, tries to keep it diverse. Dallas (7-5) will try to put a stranglehold on the NFC East title against the Philadelphia Eagles (6-6) at 3:25 p.m. Sunday.
“That hurts me a little bit,” he said. “Just because they only have to guard one thing. “But we’ll have success doing that. If they’re taking me away then he’s right in that sense, someone else is open running something else. There hasn’t really been a push to get me the ball either at the same time.”
In the two games before Cooper joined the team, Beasley had 16 receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns with 19 targets. In the five games since the Cooper trade, Beasley has 15 catches for 118 yards with just 22 targets. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said the targets will come back around.
“I think we’ve probably spread out the wealth a little bit more [since Cooper arrived],” Linehan said. “It goes full circle. It’s kind of a cyclical thing. He was getting a lot of bracketed attention and there’s a point where it’s hard to double everybody so you just have to be patient and keep playing through it.”
And that’s what Beasley will do.
“Everybody wants to be more involved. It’s just part of it,” he said. “It’s just how it goes sometimes. I believe it will circle back at some point. My time will come when it’s time.”