Nov 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) is tackled by New York Giants corner back Terrell Thomas (24) and linebacker Jon Beason (52) during the third quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. Beasley fumbled and the Giants recovered, but the play was later overturned by a Giants penalty. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Should Cole Beasley Be The Cowboys Third Receiver?

He’s not the biggest or tallest player on the field. He’s not the fastest either. But he just might be the most consistent. And that’s saying a lot about an 5’8 (some say really 5’5) undrafted wide receiver who competes on a daily basis with two of the brightest young wideouts in the NFL. We are, of course, talking about Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley. But has the third year wideout out of SMU proven himself enough to play alongside Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams as a starter in 2014?

In his first two seasons in Dallas, Beasley has more than doubled all of his major statical categories. And that comes with gaining the trust of your quarterback, which in this case is Tony Romo, which in-turn increases your snaps. Last season, Beasley played 246 offensive plays as opposed to his rookie season where he only played 128.

In fact, Pro Football Focus ranked Beasley the second best receiver for the Cowboys last year only behind Bryant. That was mainly due to his amazing 75% reception rate.  In 2013, Beasley was thrown the ball 52 times. He ended the year with 39 catches. Many contribute that efficient percentage, which places his fourth highest in the NFL of players who had 30+ receptions, to Beasley’s excellent hands and precise route running.

On Monday, the editor of NFL Spine Zone, Joe Soriano, named Beasley the biggest breakout player for the Cowboys in 2013. Here’s what he had to say about the diminutive receiver:

“This one was difficult, but I was impressed enough with Cole Beasley that I decided to give the Cowboys slot receiver the nod. He figures to be the team’s No. 4 receiver behind Dez Bryant, deep threat Terrance Williams, and rookie Devin Street, but the third-year pro is probably the most consistent player of the four. He had just 15 receptions for 128 yards as a rookie, but he turned that into 39 catches for 368 and two touchdowns in 2013. Beasley has great hands, is a savvy route-runner, and should be poised for even better things in the future. His production waned a bit as the season wore on, but he’s still a quality receiver.”

Beasley will definitely see some stiff competition this offseason. Not only will he be playing against veteran wide out and special team’s star Dwayne Harris for that coveted third receiver role, he’ll also be facing some talented newcomers. After two injury-plagued seasons in Arizona, LaRon Byrd was signed in the offseason. Despite the lack of playing time, Byrd has spent the last two seasons sitting and learning at the feet of one of the greatest receivers in the NFL, Larry Fitzgerald.

Also challenging Beasley will be the Cowboys fifth round pick from this year’s draft out of Pittsburgh, Devin Street. But Street is projected to be a better outside receiver than a slot receiver and should be more of a back-up if either Bryant or Williams are unable to play.

But there are also two very talented undrafted rookie free agents looking to make Dallas’ final roster as well.  Missouri’s L’Damian Washington and Vanderbilt’s Chris Boyd. Both 6’4 youngsters will need to prove their mettle this offseason to even come close to Beasley’s current status. Lastly, there is the practice team veteran, Tim Benford, who will be looking to finally crack the Cowboys final 53 after two straight seasons on the deep pine.

But Beasley’s experience, excellent route running, great hands and the trust he’s built with Romo should trump all comers in 2014. Thus making the somewhat unconventional Beasley a more than ideal choice to become the Cowboys third starting wide receiver come September.

But what do you think? Who do you think will be the Dallas Cowboys third wide receiver in 2014? Place your vote below and feel free to chime in to our community discussion about it in our comments section as well.

Who Will Be The Dallas Cowboys Third Wide Receiver In 2014?

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  • Earl Robertson

    Cowboys have to me a huge problem at WR and that is they have too many good ones!! So I guess that is a good problem to have but I’m going to hate to see one of these wrs get cut and go to another team. Beasley is very valuable, not sure he is a 3rd WR though. He works great as a 4th and a guy that Romo knows is going to be there at the right time in the right spot. I would like to see Bryant and Williams and Street as 1,2,3 then Beasley and Harris going back and forth at 4th and 5th. That leaves some good talent not making the team and I’m going to hate seeing a couple of these guys go

    • MCA

      Wish they had this problem with the defensive side :( Beasley will be in the mix. He’s shown to make the 3rd down catch in games, plus like what was mentioned he’s one of Romo’s go to targets.

  • David

    They did not draft Street with a 5th round pick to have him be the fourth WR unless beasley out plays him by a mile..

    • Earl Robertson

      Yea u right and Beasley body style fits better as 4 or 5th wr

      • David

        I mean I think beasley has a role on the team. He will be a 3rd down 4 wide set slot WR..

  • Scott.

    romo seemed to have good chemistry with Beasley on 3rd down and that moves the chain. If Romo continues to feed him the ball because he’s comfortable and trust Beasley and where he’s going to be it will be tough for Street or any other receiver to replace him on 3rd downs.

  • Safwan

    Love Beasley but I’m not sure his tony body can take the beating of almost a starter all year…and he’s not much after te catch either and is basically useless in the redzone. Great 4, don’t like him at 3

  • Terry Garner

    I agree with your picks earl. the only way that changes is injury or somebody really blow it up in practice. then we have some tough decisions.

  • DaBoys4life

    Dez, Terrance, street, Beasley (love him on 3rd and 10 in the middle of field), Harris, and then 1 of the other 3 for depth if someone on the outside goes down. Solid WR core!!

  • gmk2k

    I like beasley but he’s not the guy we need at the 3rd receiver spot devin street ladamian Washington laron Byrd n chris Boyd r all better options with better upsides but im especially interested in seeing what Washington can do as he has the blazing speed 4.39 forty to blow the top of the coverage as well as Byrd

  • Russell Love

    I love Beasley in the slot don’t think there are many that do it better than him. At five foot eight he knows he is at a disadvantage to other receivers, and that’s why he gives 100% every time he lines up! Aside from Bryant he is my second favorite receiver on the team! DC4LIFE