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Cole Beasley

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

Rests Wednesday

Beasley was given a veteran rest day for Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: This may have been as much to give Beasley a mental break as well, as the Bills are coming off a tough loss and he was booed by some of the crowd during Sunday's opener stemming from his being vocal during the offseason about the COVID-19 vaccine. None of this should affect Beasley's role in the offense, as he's one of Josh Allen's favorite targets and had a whopping 13 looks in the Week 1 loss. He should remain a big part of the game plan Sunday against the Dolphins, especially if Gabriel Davis (ankle) can't suit up or is limited.

Sep 15, 2021 6:22 PM EST

Busy in Week 1 loss

Beasley secured eight of 13 targets for 60 yards in the Bills' 23-16 loss to the Steelers on Sunday.

Analysis: Beasley furnished his usual reception-heavy stat line while checking in second behind Stefon Diggs in receptions, receiving yards and targets. The sure-handed veteran filled his usual slot role, and at least for Week 1, his workload was wholly unaffected by the presence of new No. 2 receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Beasley will look to reprise his strong season-opening performance when the Bills travel to South Florida to tangle with the Dolphins in Week 2.

Sep 12, 2021 2:59 PM EST

Catches four passes

Beasley caught four of five targets for 52 yards in the first half of Saturday's preseason game against the Packers.

Analysis: Josh Allen threw 26 passes on three drives, despite not having Stefon Diggs (knee) in the lineup. Apart from Buffalo's star quarterback, Beasley and Davis were the stars of the afternoon, both topping 50 yards one day after being removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Targets will be a bit harder to come by with Diggs likely back for Week 1 against Pittsburgh, but the Bills should be able to keep all four WRs involved on a weekly basis, in part by using four-wide formations.

Aug 28, 2021 11:55 AM EST

Suited up for preseason game

Beasley is in uniform and going through pregame warmups ahead of Saturday's preseason matchup with Green Bay, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It looks like Beasley and Gabriel Davis may play, despite spending most of the week on the reserve/COVID-19 list. In addition to those two, Stefon Diggs (knee) and Emmanuel Sanders are going through warmups, potentially giving QB Josh Allen his top four wide receivers.

Aug 28, 2021 9:35 AM EST

Removed from COVID-19 list

Beasley was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday afternoon.

Analysis: Beasley missed a few days of practice and could be out for Saturday's exhibition with the Packers. Either way, he's expected to enter Week 1 against Pittsburgh in his familiar slot role, though the Bills can also give Emmanuel Sanders some of those snaps if they want projected No. 4 receiver Gabriel Davis on the field as a deep threat. Beasley gets an interesting matchup to start the season, facing a Pittsburgh defense that lost long-time slot corner Mike Hilton to the division-rival Bengals this offseason. The Steelers have tried a bunch of young players at the position this summer, including rookie seventh-round pick Tre Norwood this past week, per Missi Matthews of the Steelers' official site.

Aug 27, 2021 11:22 AM EST

Placed on COVID-19 list

The Bills placed Beasley on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.

Analysis: Beasley and fellow wideout Gabriel Davis were close contacts of a Bills employee who tested positive for COVID-19. Both should return to practice next week if they continue to test negative.

Aug 24, 2021 2:49 PM EST

Lands in five-day reentry protocol

Beasley and teammate Gabriel Davis have been removed from the Bills' facility and now must undergo a five-day reentry process after they were deemed close contacts of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: Patriots QB Cam Newton currently is stuck in the same five-day process, albeit for different reasons. Beasley and Davis thus figure to miss the entire week of practice as well as the preseason finale against Green Bay on Aug. 28. Beasley probably wouldn't have played anyway, given his lengthy NFL track record and familiarity with OC Brian Daboll's scheme. The veteran slot receiver likely will return to practice next week, giving him two weeks to gear up for a Sept. 12 season opener against Pittsburgh.

Aug 24, 2021 6:56 AM EST

No indication of sitting out

Beasley, who has been vocal about his stance on COVID-19 vaccinations and the league's protocols, was present at the team's first training camp practice Wednesday and shared some statements to explain his stance with both the press and teammates, Maddy Glab if the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Some had speculated that Beasley was so frustrated by the league's handling of virus protocols that he might be willing to sit out the season, but that won't be the case. He's also cleared the air with some of his teammates who may not share the same views. While we may hear Beasley make some comments defending fellow players that choose not to get vaccinated this season, it also appears that his path is to go full steam ahead with the 2021 season as the Bills try to improve off last season's AFC Championship Game appearance.

Jul 28, 2021 11:02 PM EST

Sits out team drills

Beasley, who played through a leg fracture at the end of last season, did not join team drills during this week's minicamp practices but participated in individual drills and appeared to be running at full speed, Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: It sounds like Beasley has a good chance at being close to full-go by the time training camp rolls around in July, though we'll keep tabs on his progress. Beasley posted career-high catches (82) and yards (967) and is probably the most important factor toward the high-powered Bills offense clicking after Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs.

Jun 17, 2021 7:46 PM EST

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).

Jan 25, 2021 11:18 AM EST

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.

Jan 24, 2021 9:48 PM EST

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.

Jan 22, 2021 11:32 AM EST

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.

Jan 21, 2021 12:43 PM EST

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.

Jan 16, 2021 11:09 PM EST

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.

Jan 14, 2021 12:29 PM EST

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.

Jan 13, 2021 12:45 PM EST

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.

Jan 12, 2021 12:35 PM EST

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.

Jan 9, 2021 2:34 PM EST

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).

Jan 9, 2021 8:39 AM EST

Likely set to play

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

Jan 9, 2021 7:23 AM EST

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