The Dallas Cowboys have been recovering from a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but are now seeing a former receiver join the ranks of the NFC South team.
Dallas is now 1-1 after a last-second win against the Cincinnati Bengals but was beaten 19-3 in Week 1. Things could conceivably have been worse, but Tampa Bay’s passing offense struggled somewhat as quarterback Tom Brady failed to connect with his receivers.
However, the Buccaneers have now added an important new weapon to their mix: Cole Beasley. Beasley is well-known among Cowboys and Buffalo Bills fans for his ten seasons in the league, but according to Tampa, he now has a new team NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
“News from @gmfb: That #buccaneers have signed veteran WR Cole Beasley to their practice squad with expectations of him joining the active squad soon, a source says,” Garafolo said on Sept. 20, keeping his radar for a while.
It’s an important addition to a team that already boasts several highly talented receivers. Beasley’s ability to open up and catch under pressure feels like a match made for Brady.
The combination of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Julio Jones is scary for opposing NFL defenses. The problem for Tampa Bay is that none of those three pass catchers get to play in Week 3.
As explained by NFL.com, Godwin was struggling with a hamstring injury, Jones missed Week 2 with a knee problem and Evans was suspended for a game after tackling New Orleans Saints corner Marshon Lattimore on Sunday.
All the signs point to adding reinforcement to the group of wide receivers, and Beasley seems to be the answer. The 33-year-old has had the best seasons of his career at Buffalo, including 967 yards and four touchdowns in 2020.
However, Pro Football Reference shows that Beasley is very consistent, playing 14 games or more each season since 2012. Dallas had his lowest receiving tally (since his rookie season) in 2017, when he totaled 314 receiving yards but still clinched four touchdowns.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen and Cowboys QB Tony Romo put Beasley to good use, now the NFL will see Brady capitalize on the veteran wide receiver.