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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly signed veteran wide receiver Cole Beasley to their practice squad. Given that Tom Brady is the quarterback of the Buccaneers, and the current makeup of the wide receiver room, the signing makes perfect sense. Here’s what the Bucs and their fans can expect from Beasley.
It’s no secret that Beasley has made a career out of feasting in the slot, first as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, and most recently, the Buffalo Bills. While the Buccaneers receiver room is a crowded one, the signing of Beasley actually makes a lot of sense.
One of the big takeaways from this move is that the health of Chris Godwin is still very much a concern to the team. Godwin also makes his living out of the slot, and with his health still very much up in the air with each passing week, it makes sense why the Buccaneers would take out an insurance policy at the position.
The other factor here is, outside of Mike Evans, the rest of this receiving room has left a bit to be desired, as has the offense as a whole. There’s no harm in bringing another body. It also helps that it’s a similar body to other slot receivers that Brady has thrived with in the past.
As far as what to expect, expectations should be tempered, at least out the gate. Beasley won’t see the field much in the beginning, if he’s even active at all, and it will more likely than not take injury, or a rapid decline and play of one or two receivers for him to see ample time. Once he does see the field though, because it certainly is a factor of when, not if due to his talent, he should see similar production he did when featured in the other talented and crowded wide receiver rooms that he’s played with in the past.
Fortunately though, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a lot of wiggle room so Cole Beasley will not be seen as any sort of savior, or cherry on top of a championship sundae. On Sundays, he is simply here to make a talented roster just a little more talented.