I was recently scrolling through my comments and came across one that had a reply. I don't get many unless I'm being scarcastic so I clicked on it. It was on the article about Devin Street and I had taken a shot at who I believed would make the team. I chose Dez, Williams, Beasley, Street, Washington and Harris. I also said that I thought Beasley had "IT" and I guess, not to my surprise , people thought it was funny. I know when people laugh , but some even agreed with me. So I've done my research on the Beast to show why I believe he has "IT".
First, the question, "What exactly is "IT"". We'll discuss it at the end.
PFF did an article on the highest and lowest completion percentage on players in the league. Cole Beasley was tied with one drop in first place but only had 40 catchable passes thrown his way. That dropped him to 6th on the list. Still very good considering he's not on the field all the time. Yes, there were rough times when the pass thrown his way was intercepted. In the Green Bay game at the end is the one that I'll blame him for. But the one in the Philadelphia game, Phillip Tanner actually brought his man into the balls path. Also, in the Lions and the second game against the Giants, he fumbled it. In the Lions game, if my memory is correct, it was at the end when Dallas was in desperation mode and one of the Lions players knocked it out of his hand but the ball was quickly recovered by Joseph Randle, who then pitched it to Doug Free. In the Giants game, the play he fumbled on was negated by a roughing the passer penalty. Yes, there is no excuse for fumbling but he was very lucky with what happened. Whether or not he had more I'm not sure. I don't remember a lot of really bad plays involving him. Also didn't see many in my reseach on ESPN.
Let's look at the good things now. Beasley, over his two seasons, has 54 catches, 496 yards and 2 touchdowns. This might come as a surprise, I know I was, but up until December 3rd [thats when the article was written] 41% of his catches came in the 4th quarter along with 43% of his production. That's pretty clutch. His WPA, winning percentage added, was .99, only behind Romo and Dez and just in front of Witten. Great company for someone who doesn't have "IT". That is still only up to December 3rd.
On 3rd down, Beasley was money. After going through every games play by play on ESPN, Cole had 19 first downs in 14 games on 39 catches. I'll always remember the 4th and 6 play against the Redskins for the second time. Beasley got open and had a play overshadowed by Romo to DeMarco at the end. He caught the ball and cut up field for 20 yards. That's about as clutch as it gets. But perhaps the most important thing of all is he'ls earned Romo's trust.
So what is "IT", I believe it's what makes a player special. Beasley is sure-handed, clutch, has in uncanny ability to convert third downs and has Romo's trust. Some will say Romo trusted Beasley more than Witten at times during the season. Cole has found his niche in the offense and while he may be limited in what he can do, he keeps drives alive. So go ahead and poke fun because I believe Beasley has "IT". Regardless of how often he's on the field, he's the type of player who can make up for a negative play. That's why he's got "IT" in my eyes. That's why he deserves a spot on the Dallas 53.