Jose Sanchez, NBC 5 Photojournalist
Challenged by the Dallas Cowboys staff to expand his “route inventory” and contribute from the outside as well as in the slot this offseason, receiver Cole Beasley has left just about everyone in camp impressed, including Dez Bryant.
“Cole is a rare talent. He’s very underrated,” Bryant told the team’s official website. “He gets open and makes plays. I think he’s going to have a great season for us. But he’s a tough matchup for anyone. He’s just another guy you have to worry about.”
Beasley emerged as a go-to receiver in third down situations a year ago, but he’s spent the offseason trying to become a more complete receiver--and of course, that goes beyond just catching passes. Beasley wants to become a better downfield blocker, too, in hopes that it’ll lead to more playing time.
“That was my top priority this offseason,” Beasley said. “It’s not really about getting stronger. I’m never going to be a guy to go block a lot of linebackers. But it’s all about technique and fundamentals. I know if I can be a complete receiver without a lot of holes in your game, they’ll put you out there more.”
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