Cole Beasley

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #11
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #11

Cole Beasley News

Shifts back to practice squad

Beasley reverted to the Buccaneers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Beasley played a smaller role after being activated by Tampa Bay for the second week in a row, bringing in his lone target for five yards on four offensive snaps against Kansas City. The veteran slot wideout joined the Buccaneers' practice squad to help provide depth for the team's banged-up receiving corps, as Chris Godwin and Julio Jones (undisclosed) returned from injury in Week 4. Beasley also played eight special -teams snaps, and he is now available for one more elevations to the Buccaneers' active roster this season.

Oct 3, 2022 9:13 PM EST

Elevated once more

Beasley was elevated to the Buccaneers' active roster Saturday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: This comes as no surprise given the Buccaneers are still dealing with a litany of injuries at wide receiver. While Beasley only played nine offensive snaps last week against the Packers, he did catch three of his four targets for 12 yards with two of those receptions nearly going for first downs. Beasley is eligible to elevated via the practice squad one more time before the Buccaneers will need to make a choice on whether or not to add him to the 53-man roster.

Oct 1, 2022 11:35 AM EST

Reverts to practice squad

Beasley reverted to the Buccaneers' practice Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Beasley showed up in a relatively significant role with wideouts Mike Evans (suspension), Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee) all sidelined Sunday, hauling in three of four targets for 12 yards over nine offensive snaps played. The 33-year-old slot receiver recorded a first down with a four-yard catch in the first quarter, though his next reception did not come until the 12-minute mark in the fourth quarter. Beasley also played three special-teams snaps Sunday, but his primary value will come as a short-yardage receiver moving forward. The veteran is eligible for two more game-day elevations while on the Buccaneers' practice squad this season.

Sep 26, 2022 6:05 PM EST

Quick study in Bucs offense

Beasley, who signed with the Buccaneers' practice squad earlier this week and was elevated to the active roster Saturday, has quickly picked up the team's playbook, Jenna Laine of reports. "He's quick, catches up to speed [really] fast, he understands the system," head coach Todd Bowles said Friday. "He's played and he's got a lot of reps under him, so if we needed him, I think he'll be ready."

Analysis: Beasley's short acclimation curve could certainly help propel him to a productive game Sunday, considering the Buccaneers are down Mike Evans (suspension), Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee). The veteran slot receiver worked intensively with receivers coach Kevin Garver this week and noted the team's scheme has plenty of carryover for him from the Cowboys and Bills offenses he's played in previously, and given Beasley's prior body of work, he profiles as just the type of sure-handed short-area receiver Tom Brady has thrived with in the past.

Sep 25, 2022 12:37 PM EST

Moves to active roster

Beasley was elevated to the active roster Saturday, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: This move comes as little surprise after the veteran joined the Bucs' practice squad earlier this week. With Mike Evans (suspended) and Chris Godwin (knee) out, and the trio of Julio Jones (knee), Russell Gage (hamstring) and Breshad Perriman (knee) all questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Packers, Beasley may seen a healthy workload in his 2022 debut.

Sep 24, 2022 9:37 AM EST

Joining Bucs' practice squad

The Buccaneers are slated to sign Beasley to their practice squad,Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: With Julio Jones (knee) and Chris Godwin (hamstring) dealing with injuries and Mike Evans in line to serve a one-game suspension, Beasley will give Tampa Bay's receiving corps some valuable depth and experience. The 33-year-old, who is coming off back-to-back 82-catch seasons with the Bills, is a candidate to be elevated to the Buccaneers' game-day roster as soon as Week 3, ahead of Sunday's game against the Packers.

Sep 20, 2022 5:39 AM EST

Interested in return to Dallas

Beasley said he'd want to rejoin the Cowboys if it meant playing with Dak Prescott again, Jori Epstein of USA Today reports.

Analysis: It would mean exactly that with Prescott locked in as the franchise QB, but Beasley may not have such a warm relationship with the Dallas front office. The 33-year-old slot receiver reportedly has drawn interest from multiple teams since the Bills released him in mid-March.

Jul 26, 2022 1:00 PM EST

Still unsigned

Though Beasley remains unsigned, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network suggests "that's not for lack of interest."

Analysis: With that in mind, Garafolo indicates that the Beasley -- who's coming off back-to-back 82-catch seasons with the Bills -- is staying patient, as he waits for the right opportunity/offer to arrive. Depending on where he lands, the 33-year-old could find himself back on the PPR radar in 2022 if he ends up securing a key slot role for his new team.

Jul 26, 2022 10:41 AM EST

Heading elsewhere

Beasley is set to be released by the Bills, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The writing was already on the wall here, as the player and team seemed to have a falling out that got worse over time and the Bills gave him permission to seek a trade earlier this month, something that never materialized. Beasley is still as shifty as anyone on short, middle-of-the-field routes, so he'll make a good pickup for the right team. Meanwhile, Gabriel Davis' star continues to brighten.

Mar 17, 2022 9:02 AM EST

Given permission to seek trade

The Bills have granted Beasley permission to seek a trade, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Garafolo adds that GM Brandon Beane told him Thursday that the Bills would welcome the slot man back and "no door has been closed," but at this stage it looks like the 32-year-old could be on the move, either via a trade or by being cut, given his non-guaranteed salary for 2022. Beasley, who is approaching the final year of a four-year contract that he signed with with Buffalo in 2019, is coming off a 2021 campaign in which he recorded 82 catches (on 112 targets) for 693 yards and a TD in 16 games.

Mar 4, 2022 10:49 AM EST

Moves chains in playoff loss

Beasley caught six passes on eight targets for 60 yards during Sunday's divisional-round loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: This was Beasley's best game since Week 14 against the Buccaneers, as he missed a game due to COVID protocols down the stretch and seemed to have a difficult time getting worked back into a major role in the offense following his return, not to mention he got booed every time he touched the ball in home games the rest of the way from fans not agreeing with his season-long strong stance against vaccinations. Beasley's 82-693-1 line is nothing to sniff at considering there are so many mouths to feed in this high-powered offense, but the emergence of Gabriel Davis, tight end Dawson Knox and even running back Devin Singletary cut into some of Beasley's production in 2021, namely in the red zone. He has one more year left on his contract, and we imagine that even though the front office may have grown frustrated with some of the attention he brought to the locker room this season, he's too valuable to the team and too good at his middle-of-the-field role to not to be given anything less than strong consideration for the Bills' 2022 plan.

Jan 24, 2022 6:35 PM EST

Two catches in return

Beasley secured two of six targets for 22 yards in the Bills' 29-15 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran possession man made his return after a one-game stay on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but even with Emmanuel Sanders (knee) out of action, he couldn't make much of an impact. In fairness, Josh Allen was extremely inaccurate and threw for just 120 yards overall, so Beasley could see a boost in his numbers versus the vulnerable Jets secondary in Week 18.

Jan 2, 2022 4:42 PM EST

Activated from COVID-19 list

The Bills activated Beasley (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Analysis: Although Beasley is unvaccinated, he'll be eligible to return to practice Wednesday as a result of the NFL's new rules for return timetables for unvaccinated players who test positive for COVID-19. Gabriel Davis (illness) was also activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, so the Bills seem to have a good chance at having their receivers at full strength for Sunday's game against Atlanta.

Dec 29, 2021 7:39 AM EST

Ineligible for Week 16

Beasley won't be available for Sunday's game against the Patriots after he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday due to testing positive for the virus, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Because Beasley is abiding to the NFL protocols for unvaccinated players, he'll have to complete a 10-day quarantine following his positive test, regardless if he's asymptomatic or not. Since Beasley won't be eligible to rejoin the Bills until the middle of next week at the earliest, he'll miss out on a pivotal matchup with New England that could end up deciding the AFC East champion. With fellow wideout Emmanuel Sanders (knee) far from a safe bet to be available Sunday, the Bills could have to rely heavily on Gabriel Davis, Isaiah McKenzie and Jake Kumerow to pick up more reps alongside No. 1 receiver Stefon Diggs.

Dec 21, 2021 5:06 PM EST

Heads to COVID-19 list

Beasley was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: We'll see if the receiver can get cleared in time for the biggest game of the Bills' season Sunday at New England. With Emmanuel Sanders week-to-week with a knee injury, Buffalo's strong passing game suddenly has major issues as the team prepares to face one of the league's better defenses in a hostile environment. It is not known yet whether Beasley tested positive for the virus or is a close contact.

Dec 21, 2021 1:20 PM EST

Inefficient on eight targets

Beasley caught four passes for 35 yards on eight targets against Carolina on Sunday.

Analysis: Beasley arguably had a difficult matchup as Josh Allen (foot) dealt with a fiery Carolina pass rush, but the Panthers were also down two of their top three corners, so Beasley most ran against backups here. Beasley's target volume was strong here, as it has been almost all year, but in this game and most others in 2021 Beasley has struggled to push downfield as much as he did in his first two seasons with Buffalo. He gets a rematch against the Patriots as Buffalo hits the road for Week 16.

Dec 19, 2021 1:54 PM EST

Bounces back with nine grabs

Beasley brought in nine of 11 targets for 64 yards in the Bills' 33-27 overtime loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Beasley's catch total led the Bills and was an especially welcome sight after the reliable veteran was held to one catch against the Patriots in the Week 13 Monday night loss. Beasley's yardage total was also his best since Week 8, as the 32-year-old hadn't eclipsed 46 receiving yards since that season-best 110-yard showing against the Dolphins until Sunday. Beasley will look to deliver another timely effort for managers in their fantasy postseason contests during a Week 15 home battle versus the Panthers.

Dec 12, 2021 6:43 PM EST

Five grabs in Thanksgiving win

Beasley brought in all five targets for 46 yards in the Bills' 31-6 win over the Saints on Thursday night.

Analysis: Beasley checked in second behind Stefon Diggs in receptions for the night, bouncing back to an extent from a trio of sub-par games where he'd failed to top 33 yards. Beasley is still capped by his typical short-area role, but the limitations are especially pronounced this season with Beasley's 6.7 yards per target qualifying as his lowest figure in that category since 2017. His next opportunity to build his yardage numbers up comes in a Week 13 divisional clash with the Patriots on Monday night, Dec. 6.

Nov 25, 2021 9:18 PM EST

Good to go for TNF

Beasley (ribs) doesn't carry an injury designation for Thursday night's game against the Saints.

Analysis: On a short week, Beasley was listed as limited on Monday and Tuesday's practice reports and full Wednesday. Minus a Week 12 injury tag, Beasley will continue to play through the rib issue he's been managing of late. After logging just nine snaps in Week 10, he was on the field for 32 snaps in this past Sunday's loss to the Colts, en route to catching four of his five targets for 23 yards. Barring any in-game setbacks, Beasley should see his share of targets out of the slot Thursday, while facing a New Orleans defense has allowed an average of 252.2 passing yards per game to date.

Nov 24, 2021 8:19 AM EST

Limited in practice after all

Updating a previous report, Beasley (ribs) will be a limited participant rather than a full one in Tuesday's practice, Alaina Getzenberg of reports.

Analysis: Though head coach Sean McDermott said earlier Tuesday that Beasley would take full reps in the team's main practice session ahead of a Thanksgiving Day game against the Saints, the veteran slot man was spotted on the field donning a red no-contact jersey, which implies that he'll be in line for limited work. Regardless, Beasley still looks on track to play Thursday, and he could see a more sizable role on offense now that his injury is further in the rear-view mirror. After he was capped at just 16 percent of the offensive snaps in the Bills' Week 10 blowout win over the Jets, Beasley upped his play count to 57 percent in the team's 41-15 loss to the Colts in Week 11.

Nov 23, 2021 9:56 AM EST

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