There’s been an awful lot said about and said by the Dallas Cowboys wide receivers over the last few weeks.
Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones have both downplayed the idea of having a “true No. 1” receiver, Jerry even noted that they haven’t had one “in several years” this week. They said those things publicly, even though they have wide receivers that play for the football team that they manage. That couldn’t have made the wideouts feel great.
Beasley took to Twitter in defense of some comments he’d previously made about Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins when Hop got his big-time contract extension in early 2017. He doubled-down on his stance and called Hopkins a great player but also expressed belief in himself.
Still talkin. I was happy for the man not hatin. He’s great. I am too though. Literally had more targets than I was in on pass plays total last week. That’s why u can’t look at stats alone. Different systems. https://t.co/0ZT0amgwK3— Cole Beasley (@Bease11) October 11, 2018
Not comparing myself to him. We are two completely different players. Our skill sets are different but both are effective. https://t.co/79xU1FViwE— Cole Beasley (@Bease11) October 11, 2018
Ask your average NFL head coach or front office figure and they’ll tell you that they’d prefer that their players aren’t on Twitter. We’ve seen the firestorm that can accompany social media activity when it comes to the Cowboys, this particular instance didn’t get out of hand it was more just Beasley expressing himself.
Of course, when you engage with people on social media you’re going to run into trolls and that’s exactly what happened to Beasley. When discussing production and status as a wide receiver someone called into question the Cowboys offensive system (which hasn’t exactly been glamorous). Cole defended what the Cowboys do and like a lot of people referenced the successes they had in 2014 and 2016 as examples that it can all work.
Our system has shown it could work 2014 & 2016. Doesn’t mean it’s bad. WRs just aren’t gonna have through the roof numbers. We can win with our system we just have to execute better as a group than we have. https://t.co/SPv7eFFMwO— Cole Beasley (@Bease11) October 11, 2018
There isn’t really anybody on the Cowboys save for Ezekiel Elliott, who leads the league in rushing, that has “through the roof” numbers, but if they were winning nobody would care. A lack of offensive production coupled with a 2-3 record is what’s going to get people to start questioning how the sausage gets made.
Beasley has had quite the impressive career with the Cowboys and is yet another example of the successes they’ve found when mining through undrafted free agents. He’s a local guy to the Dallas-Fort Worth area and his story is one that will be told for years to come. Will that story end in Dallas sometime soon? His contract is up after this season and he doesn’t seem to be opposed to the idea of playing elsewhere, although he is focused on the now.
You can get the money without the numbers. As long as getting open on tape when opportunity comes....it’ll come. There are other teams that see the value there. https://t.co/WX7xNMRu0G— Cole Beasley (@Bease11) October 11, 2018
I’ll worry about that when the time comes. I just worry about getting open and catching the rock. I ball for my teammates. I’d be cheating them if I was just trying to get out her ASAP. I’m here and fully here until my time is up. https://t.co/LQ4Z2QSJIG— Cole Beasley (@Bease11) October 11, 2018
Hopefully for Cole’s, the rest of the team’s, and all of our sakes they do manage to turn it around. The offensive system is going to continue to be questioned as long as its ineffective and so far that’s the entirety of the season.
A date with the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday is hardly the perfect opportunity to start gelling on offense, but this is the NFL and stranger things have happened.