In case you’re curious, he’s an undrafted free agent rookie wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys. Thus far, his professional football career has netted him a meager $1,500 signing bonus.
But, like many a Cowboy before him, Beasley’s got an ego. He doesn’t like being compared to Wes Welker. At 5’8” and 175 pounds, he’s similar to the Pats All-Pro wide-out in stature and he looked good (or as good as a UDFA can look) in the slot during OTAs.
While most receivers would love to be compared to one of the best players in the game at their position, Beasley takes issue with it.
“I get tired of it a little bit because I feel like I have a little bit more speed than Wes Welker does,” Beasley said Tuesday (via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News). “He’s got a little bigger frame than me but I feel like I’ve got a little more versatility to my game than he does. I feel like I can play a little bit more outside (than Welker), as well as inside.”
Oh, you’re more versatile than Welker, are ya? You can play more outside? YOU’RE 5’8”! What are you going to do on the outside, practice your wind sprints up and down the sideline? Because you won’t be catching anything, unless a cornerback falls over and leaves you wide open (or Darrell Green unretires…he was pretty small too).
But that’s not the only opinion Beasley felt like sharing. He was also asked about Welker’s dropped ball in the Super Bowl (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re probably on the wrong blog).
“Oh yeah,” Beasley said. “You gotta catch that one.”
First, if you’ve never played in a Super Bowl, I’m not sure you can say any player has “gotta” do anything. Second, WELKER IS SHORT. If anyone should understand how difficult it is to catch a ball thrown two feet above your head when you’re tight roping a sideline, it’s another short guy. Then again, Texas-bred Beasley played ball at Southern Methodist University. So…yeah.
To be honest, I don’t expect to hear much more about Cole Beasley in the coming months and years. Despite his self-importance and distaste for Welker comparisons, he should thank #83 for giving him the only 15 minutes he’ll probably ever have.
Unless, of course, he turns into the next Wes Welker.
How do you spell irony again?