ARLINGTON, Texas -- In a passing offense that features players like Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Miles Austin, DeMarco Murray and Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley has proven to be a difference maker for the Dallas Cowboys.
Beasley caught only three passes for 19 yards in the Cowboys' 31-24 win against the Oakland Raiders, but it was when he caught them that mattered. Just like a big third-and-10 catch in the game-winning drive last week against the New York Giants.
"When he is in the slot, he is a hard matchup for a lot of people," coach Jason Garrett said. "When you have those guys around him -- Dez on one side and Witten, Miles and Terrance, defenses have to pick their poison. He is a guy that finds a way to get himself open vs. man coverage and vs. zone. Tony has a good feel for throwing it to him."
On a game-tying drive in the third quarter, Beasley caught consecutive passes from Tony Romo to turn a second-and-12 situation into a first-and-goal situation after a Doug Free penalty wiped out a Murray touchdown run.
"He's running really good routes," Romo said. "He's got a good feel for the game. I feel confident when we get certain looks and certain things that we can attack them."