Cole Beasley

Cole Beasley

Wide Receiver #11
ADP:Round: 10, Pick: 12
Team: Buffalo Bills
Ht / Wt:5'8" / 177 lb.
College:SMU
Age:31
Born:April 26, 1989
Drafted:2012 / UDFA

Cole Beasley: Plays through leg fracture

Beasley played through a fractured fibula during the playoffs, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Bills listed Beasley with a knee injury from Week 17 through the AFC Championship Game, never revealing any details. The slot receiver missed only one game (the regular-season finale) but said the injury bothered him during the first two rounds of the playoffs. Beasley felt better during the AFCCG loss to Kansas City, and he expects to have a normal offseason after catching seven passes in his final appearance of the campaign. The 31-year-old should be safe in Buffalo for the third season of his four-year, $29 million contract, considering he finished 2020 with career highs for catches (82), receiving yards (967), targets (107), yards per catch (11.8) and yards per target (9.0) and catch rate (76.6 percent).

January 25, 2021 11:18 AM EST

Cole Beasley: Leads team in receiving

Beasley caught seven of nine targets for 88 yards in Sunday's 38-24 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

Analysis: Beasley finished as the Bills' leading receiver on a night where the usually-dominant duo of Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs were held in check. The slot specialist took another step forward in his second season with Buffalo, setting new career bests in receptions (82) and yardage (967) while hitting pay dirt four times across 15 contests during the regular season. Even with consistent improvements, the veteran receiver was only a must-roster player in PPR formats, offering a high floor and consistent targets to offset a lack of touchdowns. The four-year, $29 million contract Beasley signed back in 2019 is starting to look like a bargain for one the game's top slot receivers.

January 24, 2021 9:48 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Cleared for Sunday's game

Beasley (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Kansas City, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Beasley has been dealing with the same knee injury since late December, missing Week 17 before catching seven passes for only 57 yards in two playoff games. A return to full participation Friday suggests he'll be fine for his usual role, and he could even see a few extra snaps if No. 4 receiver Gabriel Davis (questionable - ankle) isn't able to play.

January 22, 2021 11:32 AM EST

Cole Beasley: Added to injury report

Beasley (knee) was a limited practice participant Thursday.

Analysis: The Wednesday practice report was Buffalo's first one without Beasley's name on it since Week 16, but it turns out he's still dealing with the same knee injury. His Friday practice status bears watching, as a mid-week downgrade isn't ideal. Isaiah McKenzie took most of the slot snaps when Beasley missed Week 17, which was also the first 100-yard game of Gabriel Davis' career. Davis is now dealing with an ankle injury, missing practice Wednesday and Thursday.

January 21, 2021 12:43 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Logs no catches in divisional round

Beasley did not haul in either of his targets during Saturday's divisional-round win against the Ravens.

Analysis: Beasley was limited throughout the practice week because of a knee injury, but he was able to suit up against Baltimore to remain with just one game absence on the season. Buffalo didn't lean on the veteran wideout, instead, distributing 22 of 26 WR targets to Stefon Diggs and John Brown. This marks Beasley's first no-catch performance of the 2020-2021 campaign, though it's notable he was capable of pushing through the same knee issue en route to seven catches and 57 yards in the wild-card round.

January 16, 2021 11:09 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Limited but good for Saturday

Beasley (knee) practiced on a limited basis for the third straight time Thursday but does not have an injury designation for Saturday's game against the Ravens, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: The valuable slot receiver is clearly playing at 100 percent, but it's pretty much a certainty that he'll be out there Saturday for the primetime Saturday night matchup.

January 14, 2021 12:29 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Limited again Wednesday

Beasley (knee) was listed as limited again for Wednesday's practice session.

Analysis: This is not a surprise at all given how banged up the valuable slot receiver is, and it wouldn't be a surprise if he's limited again Thursday in the final practice session of the week. Beasley seems headed for a questionable designation for the divisional round, but we're pretty confident he'll be suiting up again after gutting it out in the wild-card win over the Colts.

January 13, 2021 12:45 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Limited to open practice week

Beasley is listed as a limited participant Tuesday due to a knee injury.

Analysis: The knee issue is what had Beasley as a major question mark entering Saturday's wild-card win over the Colts, yet he gutted it out and caught seven balls in the victory. Beasley didn't practice at all until late in the week last week, so this news bodes well for the team, even though the tough receiver is obviously playing banged up, and it's reportedly more than just the knee issue.

January 12, 2021 12:35 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Seven catches in playoff win

Beasley (knee) caught all seven of his targets for 57 yards in Saturday's 27-24 wild-card round win over the Colts.

Analysis: Beasley was a game-time decision but gutted it out and played well, leading the team in catches. The veteran slot receiver will look to heal up further by next week's AFC divisional round game, and he should continue to serve as a security blanket for quarterback Josh Allen in the pass-heavy Bills offense.

January 9, 2021 2:34 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Returning to action Saturday

Beasley (knee) is active for Saturday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: Beasley emerged from Week 16 with a knee injury that ultimately kept him sidelined in the regular-season finale. As the Bills prepared for the wild-card round, he didn't practice until Thursday, when he logged a limited session. That appearance was enough for Beasley to join Stefon Diggs (oblique) on the active roster Saturday as Buffalo takes on the Colts' 20th ranked pass defense (241.6 yards per game).

January 9, 2021 8:39 AM EST

Cole Beasley: Likely set to play

Beasley (knee) is expected to play in Saturday's wild-card game against the Colts, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Both Beasley and Stefon Diggs (oblique) were listed as questionable following the team's final injury report, but it seems as if the Bills will have their full complement of weapons available ahead of the pivotal playoff match. Expect to see the team confirm the wide receiver's availability closer to the 1:05 p.m. ET kickoff

January 9, 2021 7:23 AM EST

Cole Beasley: Questionable for Saturday's game

Beasley (knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday's wild-card matchup with the Colts.

Analysis: Beasley made his first appearance on the practice field in two weeks Thursday, logging a limited session. There's a cloud hanging over his head regarding his availability this weekend, which also can be said for Stefon Diggs (oblique). The status of both will be confirmed about 90 minutes before Saturday's 1:05 p.m. ET kickoff.

January 7, 2021 12:00 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Returns to field

Beasley (knee) was spotted at practice Thursday, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports.

Analysis: As was Stefon Diggs (oblique), with the duo's status for wild-card weekend likely to be solidified later Thursday, when the Bills' injury report for Saturday's game against the Colts is released. Prior to his return to the field Thursday, Beasley had logged consecutive 'DNP' listings.

January 7, 2021 9:09 AM EST

Cole Beasley: Still not practicing

Beasley (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Beasely and Stefon Diggs (oblique) both sat out Wednesday's practice, but whereas Diggs appears to be trending in the right direction for Saturday's wild-card matchup against Indianapolis, Beasley's status remains murky. The veteran slot man hasn't practiced in any capacity since injuring his knee Dec. 28 against the Patriots.

January 6, 2021 12:57 PM EST

Cole Beasley: DNP to start week

Beasley (knee) did not participate during Tuesday's walkthrough practice.

Analysis: Coach Sean McDermott called the valuable slot man "week-to-week" in his Monday statements, so Beasley's status for Saturday's playoff opener is in serious jeopardy at this stage, a belief augmented by the team signing several receivers for the practice squad in the past few days. If Beasley's knee does start to rally, the fact that the Bills play the opening game of the six-game playoff skate this weekend adds one final challenge, though perhaps that at least makes the decision easier for playoff pool managers.

January 5, 2021 12:25 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Still week-to-week

Coach Sean McDermott said Monday that Beasley (knee) is still considered week-to-week, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: McDermott also said that the Bills will "see what tomorrow brings" with regards to Beasley's health, a hint that his status for Saturday's wild-card matchup against the Colts could come down to how much he's able to do in practice. Gabriel Davis would stand to once again join Stefon Diggs and John Brown in three-receiver sets if Beasley can't suit up against the Colts on Saturday.

January 4, 2021 1:42 PM EST

Cole Beasley: Sidelined in Week 17

The Bills ruled Beasley (knee) out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Beasley wasn't able to practice in any capacity Wednesday through Friday, effectively sealing his fate for the regular-season finale. Fortunately for the Bills, their receiving corps will be fortified by the return of John Brown, who will suit up Sunday after missing the previous five games with an ankle injury followed by a short stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Look for Brown, Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis to operate as the team's starting receivers Week 17, though all three could have their workloads managed in the event Buffalo -- which is locked in as the AFC's No. 2 or 3 seed -- elects to rest players to some degree with an eye on entering the postseason at optimal health.

January 1, 2021 11:45 AM EST

Cole Beasley: Sitting out again Friday

Beasley (knee) won't participate at Friday's practice, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: The 31-year-old has been unable to practice all week after picking up the knee injury during the Week 16 win over the Patriots, putting his availability in doubt for Sunday's matchup with the Dolphins. The Bills previously labeled Beasley week-to-week, so he seems unlikely to be available for the final game of the regular season. John Brown was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday and figures to step in as Buffalo's No. 2 wide receiver this weekend.

January 1, 2021 7:30 AM EST

Cole Beasley: Misses practice Thursday

Beasley (knee) didn't practice Thursday.

Analysis: With Beasley more week-to-week than day-to-day at this stage, he could be ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins as soon as Friday. If that ends up being the case, added Week 17 opportunities would be available for some combo of Gabriel Davis, Isaiah McKenzie and Andre Roberts.

December 31, 2020 11:37 AM EST

Cole Beasley: Iffy for Week 17

Beasley (knee) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice report, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: With Beasley being viewed as week-to-week per coach Sean McDermott, he's iffy, at best, for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. If Beasley misses the contest, added Week 17 opportunities would be available for the likes of Gabriel Davis, Isaiah McKenzie and Andre Roberts.

December 30, 2020 1:04 PM EST

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