Why is this Cowboys player not being utilized more?
By Brian Martin
We will discuss why the Dallas Cowboys offense has failed to utilize this player’s skill set more in 2015.
With the 2015 NFL season winding down and the Dallas Cowboys still fighting for a chance at a playoff berth, it leaves me wondering what offensive coordinator Scott Linehan can do to improve the production of the entire unit overall.
We have witnessed firsthand how important quarterback Tony Romo is to this team and without him in the lineup it has been difficult to say the least for the offense to put points on the board on a regular basis.
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With Matt Cassel taking over the quarterback responsibilities we have seen what looks like a condensed version of the playbook. There are just a few games remaining this season and there still is a chance to win the NFC East division, the time is now to open up the playbook and let Cassel take his chances.
One player in particular that needs to be utilized more on offense is wide receiver Cole Beasley.
Beasley is a mismatch nightmare for posing defensive backs and has been virtually uncomfortable at times this season but for some reason or another is not getting the ball thrown his way. It makes sense in a way since he is probably nothing more than the number four receiving option behind Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, and Jason Witten, but I believe that Beasley can be the determining factor in helping the Cowboys beat the Green Bay Packers this week.
Beasley’s numbers pretty much are on par with what he has done in past seasons with the Cowboys, but for some reason I thought he would be more heavily involved in the offensive game plan from week to week after all of the hype coming out of training camp earlier this season.
As it stands now he has 39 receptions for 392 receiving yards and three touchdowns this season. Two those touchdowns came in his best game as a professional against the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this season when he accumulated nine receptions for 112 yards. Those are the types of games I envisioned Beasley having more of this season, especially when Bryant was missing in action due to his foot injury.
Working out of the slot, Beasley has the stop start quickness to separate himself from one-on-one coverage and help move the chains in third-down situations, but I would also like to see utilized more on early down situations so that there are a lot less third and long situations that we have been seeing here lately with the running game struggling.
I don’t think there is a defensive back in the Packers secondary that can cover Beasley and he could have another career day if Cassel can get the ball to him.
I personally think that involving Beasley more in the game plan will not only open up more opportunities for everyone else on offense, but it would also help Cassel get in a groove early in the game and help him build confidence by completing a few more simple passes in the harsh environment that Lambeau Field is known for.
Maybe getting Beasley involved early can also help add a spark to the running game that has struggled as of late. The Packers defense would have to account for him and not load the box to stop the run.
To me, it makes sense to involve as many weapons as you can on offense so that opposing defensive coordinators can’t key in on specific players and force you into playing their game. As an offensive coordinator you want to keep the ball in your court and keep the defense guessing and I think involving Beasley more will do just that.
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Let me hear what you think about Cole Beasley be involved more in the offensive game plan or who you would like to see receive more opportunities in the comment section below.