Cole Beasley

Buffalo Bills
Wide Receiver #11
Buffalo Bills
Wide Receiver #11
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Cole Beasley News

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

Regular practice ahead

Beasley (ribs) is expected to practice fully Tuesday ahead the Thanksgiving game against the Saints, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Beasley won't miss Thursday's important game, but he's clearly been limited in recent weeks, frequently sitting out plays he'd normally be a part of. A full practice should give managers a little more confidence that he'll be slightly less of an injury risk during the team's shortened week.

Nov 23, 2021 9:27 AM EST

Still bothered by rib injury

Beasley (ribs) was a limited participant during Monday's walk-through practice.

Analysis: Beasley has been a fixture on Buffalo injury reports through November due to the rib issue, but he has yet to miss a game because of it. Even so, the Bills have clearly been managing his reps both in practices and in games the past two weeks. After playing just 16 percent of the offensive snaps in a Week 11 win over the Jets, Beasley bumped up to 57 percent of the snaps -- still below his usual level -- and finished with four receptions for 23 yards on five targets in Sunday's 41-15 loss to the Colts. The rib injury likely won't prevent him from playing Thanksgiving Day against the Saints, but expect Beasley to continue to receive maintenance during practices on a short week.

Nov 22, 2021 1:06 PM EST

Cleared for Week 11 contest

Beasley (ribs) was a limited participant in Friday's practice and doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: According to Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic, Beasley didn't take any contact in Friday's practice while he contends with the rib injury, but the Bills saw enough from the veteran slot man to give him the green light for the Week 11 contest. While he'll suit up Sunday, Beasley's workload could be managed to some degree, though likely not to the extent it was last week against the Jets. Beasley reeled in both of his targets for 15 yards on just nine snaps in the 45-17 win, with head coach Sean McDermott later noting that the Bills' comfortable margin of victory allowed the team to take it easy on the wideout while he was at less than 100 percent due to the injury.

Nov 19, 2021 11:58 AM EST

Returns to limited practice

Beasley (ribs) was listed as a limited practice participant Thursday.

Analysis: Beasley's return to the field Thursday indicates that his absence from Wednesday's practice was maintenance-related rather than indicative of a setback with the rib injury he has been managing. Friday's injury report will reveal whether Buffalo's slot man approaches Sunday's game against the Colts with an injury designation or fully cleared for Week 11 action.

Nov 18, 2021 12:40 PM EST

Spotted at practice Thursday

Beasley (ribs) was present for Thursday's practice, Alaina Getzenberg of reports.

Analysis: It remains to be seen how the Bills list Beasley's participation level, but a limited session would imply that the slot man's absence from Wednesday's practice was maintenance-related. While working through his rib issue in Week 10, Beasley was limited to just nine snaps in this past Sunday's 45-17 win over the Jets.

Nov 18, 2021 10:21 AM EST

Sidelined Wednesday

Beasley (ribs) didn't practice Wednesday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Beasley was limited to just nine snaps in this past Sunday's 45-17 blowout win over the Jets, with coach Sean McDermott noting afterward that the team was "trying to get (the wide receiver) through that game," per Alaina Getzenberg of With that in mind, it's not surprising that Beasley was held out of Wednesday's practice. As long as he returns to practice in capacity Thursday, we'd expect the Bills' slot man to suit up this weekend against the Colts.

Nov 17, 2021 12:56 PM EST

Still muddling through rib pain

Although he played in Sunday's 45-17 win over the Jets, Beasley (ribs) only played nine offensive snaps (two catches for 15 yards) and coach Sean McDermott noted Monday that the team was "trying to get him through that game," Alaina Getzenberg of reports.

Analysis: That sounds like coach speak for the team not really needing to push it with the chain-moving Beasley in a blowout win against a weak opponent. Although Beasley didn't have an injury designation coming into the game, he's missed some practice time ever since taking a shot in a win against Miami on Halloween. Beasley did catch eight balls in last week's much closer loss to the Jaguars, so it looks like the team will be simply managing his reps (especially in practices) until he's further past the injury.

Nov 15, 2021 2:49 PM EST

Clear for Sunday

Beasley (ribs) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's road game versus the Jets.

Analysis: Beasley played through his rib injury last Sunday in Jacksonville after logging just one limited session, so managing a pair this week on Thursday and Friday was enough for the Bills to clear him for game action. He's thus available to face a Jets defense that has yielded 8.5 yards per target (11th most in the NFL) to wide receivers this season.

Nov 12, 2021 11:39 AM EST

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