Cole Beasley

Buffalo Bills
Wide Receiver #11
Buffalo Bills
Wide Receiver #11

Cole Beasley News

Joins active roster

The Bills have signed Beasley to their active roster ahead of Sunday's playoff opener against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Beasley, who had been a member of the practice squad, will provide the Bills with added slot depth for the team's postseason run. In two regular-season contests with Buffalo, Beasley (who also saw action in two games with Tampa Bay) caught two passes for 18 yards. During the 2021 season with the team, the 33-year-old recorded an 82/693/1 stat line in 16 games, but at this stage he's not a high-percentage fantasy option while working alongside top wideouts Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis.

Jan 12, 2023 9:21 AM EST

Elevated for MNF

The Bills elevated Beasley from the practice squad to their active roster for Monday's matchup against Cincinnati, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Beasley will be active for a third straight game. He's caught his lone target for nine yards in each of his past two appearances, totaling 15 offensive snaps in those games. The veteran wideout figures to see a similar role during Monday Night Football against the Bengals.

Jan 2, 2023 1:36 PM EST

Lands back on practice squad

Beasley was sent back down to the Bills' practice squad Monday.

Analysis: Beasley did catch his lone target for nine yards in Sunday's win, but the veteran played just six offensive snaps over the course of the game. Expect Beasley to be in consideration for another call given his familiarity with the offense up in the coming weeks.

Dec 26, 2022 9:08 PM EST

Up from practice squad

Beasley has been elevated from the Bills' practice squad ahead of Saturday's game against the Bears.

Analysis: In last weekend's 32-29 win over the Dolphins, Beasley logged 11 of a possible 78 snaps on offense, while catching his only target for nine yards. While it's possible that the veteran slot man's role could increase in the coming weeks, he has still has Isaiah McKenzie and Khalil Shakir to contend with for targets that don't go to Buffalo's top wideouts Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis.

Dec 23, 2022 1:22 PM EST

Moves back to Bills' practice squad

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

Analysis: Beasley came out of retirement to join up with the Bills' practice squad Tuesday, and he was activated for first his game back Saturday versus Miami. The 33-year-old went on to catch his lone target for nine yards, as he played the fifth-most offensive snaps (11) of Buffalo's five available wideouts Week 15. Beasley will now be available for two more elevations from the practice squad this season, so he'll likely continue to serve as the team's de facto No. 5 wideout so long as Jake Kumerow (ankle) and Jamison Crowder (ankle) remain on IR.

Dec 19, 2022 4:06 PM EST

Suiting up after brief retirement

Beasley is active for Saturday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Despite coming out of retirement Tuesday, Beasley didn't need much time to reacclimate himself with the Bills offense, one that he worked within from 2019 through 2021. During that three-year run, he averaged 10.6 yards per catch and scored 11 touchdowns among his 231 receptions in 46 games. While Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis serve as Buffalo's top options at wide receiver, Beasley may be able to get in the mix along with Isaiah McKenzie and Khalil Shakir.

Dec 17, 2022 3:59 PM EST

Joins active roster for Week 15

The Bills elevated Beasley from their practice squad ahead of Saturday's game versus the Dolphins.

Analysis: Beasley ended his retirement earlier this week and now will play with his second organization of the campaign after seeing action for the Buccaneers back in Weeks 3 and 4. This also marks his second stint in Buffalo, so he has all the familiarity one could want for such a late-season addition. In 2021, Beasley hauled in 82 of 112 targets for 693 yards (8.5 YPC, 6.2 YPT) and one touchdown in 16 games for the Bills.

Dec 17, 2022 1:50 PM EST

Coming out of retirement

Beasley is expected to end his retirement Tuesday and sign with the Bills' practice squad, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 33-year-old announced his retirement in October after a brief stint with the Buccaneers that saw him suit up for two games and catch four of five targets for 17 yards. Now, the veteran is expected to reunite with Josh Allen as the Bills prepare for a hopeful playoff run. Beasley's presence will provide Buffalo with valuable depth, considering his familiarity and track record with Allen.

Dec 13, 2022 6:07 AM EST

Calling it a career

Beasley announced Wednesday that he is retiring from the NFL, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Beasley will hang up his cleats after 11 seasons in the NFL, the most recent of which saw him suit up for two games with the Buccaneers. The longtime slot receiver was named a second-team All-Pro in 2020 after a career-best 976-yard campaign with the Bills. He initially went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, but managed to carve out a successful six-year tenure with the Cowboys before playing three seasons in Buffalo, highlighted by a 2020 trip to the AFC Championship Game.

Oct 5, 2022 9:22 AM EST

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

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