The New York Giants gave quarterback Daniel Jones a new arsenal by signing wide receiver Cole Beasley, who played three seasons with the Buffalo Bills under head coach Brian Daball from 2019 to 2021.
Entering his 12th season in the NFL, Beasley had his best season in 2020 when he caught 82 catches and earned second-team All-Pro honors while Dabor was the Bills’ offensive coordinator. After another 82 receptions after the season, Beasley had a poor catch last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before returning to Buffalo.
Remaining on the Giants’ roster would require Beasley to set himself apart from several other wideouts with a similar style of play. If he can do that, the veteran could provide Jones with a reliable chain mover in the passing game.
Veterans face tough competition
As Jim Aiello of The Athletic put it, Beasley “joined not only a crowded wide-receiver room, but a room jam-packed with slot options like his.” Those options include incumbent Sterling Shepard, sophomore Wandale Robinson and fellow free agents Jamison Crowder and Paris Campbell.
All four of these pass catchers are aptly described as possession-style receivers. According to Player Profiler, the nickname applies to Beasley as well. Beasley said he snapped 526 times in the slot in 2020 and another 536 times in 2021.
Dabor unabashedly called Beasley’s number. Nick Farrert of SB Nation’s Big Blue View The player noted how during his stay in Buffalo, he “achieved over 100 targets each season and had 233 total catches for 2,456 yards and 11 touchdowns.”
Beasley was trusted because he consistently kept the stick moving. He turned 124 catches into first downs under Davor’s watch, according to the Pro Football Reference.
Jones will appreciate a solid receiver who can turn a difficult catch into a first down. Beasley can still do it, but the 34-year-old won’t be able to spread the field like Campbell.
They also need to prove themselves again after a disappointing 2022 season.
Former second-team All-Pro needs to bounce back
Beasley briefly retired from the league after playing just two games for the Bucks. He finished his retirement for a second tour with the Bills, but his season was just 11 catches for 103 yards.
Beasley returned to the AFC East, but may have reunited with Dabor instead. “Last year he flirted with the Giants a lot,” Beasley said. “He almost signed with them last season.” ESPN’s Jordan Lernan.
Now that the Giants have finally signed Beasley, Davor can see what one of his leading former players still has in the tank. Since Shepard tore his ACL against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3 and missed 14 games, and Robinson tore his ACL eight weeks later against the Detroit Lions, Dubor and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka will welcome Beasley’s proof of what he can do.
If Beasley helps, Jones could have a number of targets to help justify the four-year, $160 million contract the Giants gave QB1 earlier this offseason. Jones got his paycheck ahead of running back Sacwon Barkley, who had to compromise for the franchise tag.
Barkley has yet to sign a bid and is reportedly in doubt about the start of training camp on Wednesday, July 26. New York Post’s Paul Schwartz. The Giants add veteran running back James Robinson as potential insurance, with Beasley providing valuable cover among Jones receivers.