The Bills activated Beasley (back) from the active/non-football injury list Wednesday, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports.
Beasley kicked off training camp on the NFI list due to an upper-back issue, but it wasn't serious enough to extend into the practice portion of August activities. The Bills are set to take the field in the coming days, when he'll start to get acclimated with new wideout Stefon Diggs. In any case, Beasley's standing as the slot receiver in the Buffalo offense should ensure a steady floor after he took on a career-high 106 targets last season.
Beasley was placed on the active/non-football injury list Wednesday due to an upper-back issue, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports.
The team's No. 3 wideout should have plenty of time to recover ahead of the team's Week 1 game. He already has the benefit of continuity with the Bills' offense and quarterback Josh Allen, but his situation remains worth monitoring nonetheless. Assuming the issue subsides, the biggest question surrounding Beasley's value will be how much the presence of offseason acquisition Stefon Diggs affects the team's other receivers.
Quarterback Josh Allen said last week that Beasley's production will be helped and not hurt by the addition of Stefon Diggs this offseason, The Buffalo News reports. "I think this is going to give them an opportunity to have more chances to catch the ball," Allen said on Sirius XM NFL Radio in reference to Beasley and fellow receiver John Brown. "They had career years and everybody talking about the addition of Stefon Diggs will hurt their value. I think it's the other way around ... Cole, on the inside, if you put a nickel on him, he's a tough cover in man-to-man."
We're not completely sold on increased production for either Brown or Beasley, as the Bills prefer to maintain a strong running game to go with their top-level defense and there are only so many balls to go around for Diggs, Brown, Beasley, tight end Dawson Knox and running back Devin Singletary. However, Beasley is the clear slot guy and it's likely the other guys will be competing against each other with more frequency than the guy who sticks to short, over-the-middle patterns. Beasley put up an impressive 67-778-6 line last season, and while the career-high touchdowns may be tough to match, we also don't see a huge hit to his targets and effectiveness coming. He remains a consistent fantasy play with little upside for 2020.
Beasley, Stefon Diggs and John Brown are expected to serve as the Bills' top three wide receivers in 2020.
The Diggs trade is great news for the Buffalo offense but far less promising for Beasley's target volume. The former Cowboy was mostly limited to slot work in three-wide formations early last season, eventually progressing to a role in two-WR sets as he played more than 80 percent of snaps in five of his final six regular-season games. Beasley once again figures to be limited to three-receiver alignments now that Diggs is in the picture, so a reprisal of last year's 106 targets will be tricky if his teammates stay healthy.
Beasley expressed disappointed about his lack of opportunities during the Bills' 22-19 postseason loss to Houston on Jan. 4, Matt Parrino of The Syracuse Post-Standard reports.
Beasley was limited to 64 percent snap share and five targets in a wild-card game that saw Josh Allen throw 46 passes. The slot receiver played more than 80 percent of snaps in five of his final six games during the regular season, only to lose some work to Duke Williams -- 10 targets, 66 percent snap share -- in the playoff loss. Williams dropped a couple passes and was limited to 4.9 yards per target, so he didn't make the best case for himself heading into the offseason. Beasley will turn 31 in April as he prepares for the second season of a four-year, $29 million contract, likely serving as the second or third option in Buffalo's passing attack in 2020. Williams and John Brown also remain under contract, while Isaiah McKenzie is set to become a restricted free agent.
Beasley is among the inactives for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Jets, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Buffalo is locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC and several of the team's veteran starters aren't even suiting up. Get Beasley out of your lineup, and overall, Buffalo seems like one of those teams in a boat you're better off avoiding from a fantasy standpoint this week.
Beasley and other Bills starters could be rested in the finale against the Jets, The Buffalo News reports.
Week 17 is always filled with fantasy landmines, so part of the task at hand for any owner still playing out their league is to figure out which NFL teams are playing to win and which teams are playing to keep guys healthy and fresh for the playoffs. While coach Sean McDermott tipped off that the Bills will probably use some or all of their starters for a portion of Sunday's game, it'd be a big surprise if they went the whole way or even into the second half, as the team cannot change its No. 5 seed no matter what this week. That makes Beasley a risky play compared to other receivers typically in the same value area.
Beasley hauled in seven of his 12 targets for 108 yards in the Bills' Week 16 loss to the Patriots.
Beasley was one of only two Bills receivers to record multiple catches and also accounted for seven of the team's 13 receptions in the contest. Though not regularly a part of his production profile, Beasley brought some big-play ability as well, gaining more than 10 yards on five of his touches. Overall, Beasley has had a productive first season in Buffalo and is nine receptions short of a new career high. However, he may not play a full complement of snaps in the team's Week 17 matchup against the Jets, as the Bills are locked into the fifth seed in the AFC.
Beasley caught one of six targets for six yards in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Steelers.
After three straight weeks with a touchdown, Beasley struggled Sunday, finishing with a season-low one catch. The rest of the Bills' passing offense struggled as well against a tough Pittsburgh defense. Beasley will look to bounce back against the Patriots in Week 16.
Beasley caught four of seven targets for 29 yards and a touchdown, plus a two-point conversion, during Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Ravens.
Beasley finished third on the team in targets, and although he finished second in receptions, his mark of 7.3 yards per catch was rather unimpressive. He did manage to haul in a three-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, however, giving him three scores in his last three games. Beasley is up to six trips to the end zone on the season and will look to add to his numbers next Sunday against the Steelers.
Beasley caught six of seven targets for a season-high 110 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 26-15 win over the Cowboys.
The former Cowboys slot receiver had plenty of experience playing in Dallas on Thanksgiving, and his comfort level with the national stage showed as he wound up leading both teams in receiving yards on the day. Beasley's 110 yards was only two shy of his career best, set in 2015, and he's emerged as one of Josh Allen's most trusted options since Buffalo's Week 6 bye, finding the end zone in five of the last seven games.
Beasley finished Sunday's 20-3 win over Denver having caught six of nine passes for 76 yards and a touchdown.
Beasley led the Bills across receiving categories Sunday as Denver, for the most part, attempted to take away John Brown. Beasley stepped up to the challenge, gaining 30-yards on a catch-and-run crosser to set up a second-quarter field goal and then splitting the seam during the first drive of the second half to reel in an 18-yard touchdown. Beasley is finding a groove in Buffalo with at least four catches in each of his last three games and four touchdowns in his last six outings. Thursday brings a trip to Dallas' top-10 pass defense, but Beasley figures to be fired up to take on his old team. It's worth noting Beasley did leave the game briefly due to an undisclosed injury, but he returned shortly thereafter.
Beasley caught all four of his targets for 38 total yards during Sunday's 37-20 win over Miami.
Beasley's biggest play came early in the third quarter in which he beat his man to the inside from the slot and went for a 15-yard gain to set up a Buffalo touchdown. The veteran receiver had a nice three-game scoring streak in Weeks 7 through 9, but he has not otherwise found the end zone this season and has topped 50 total yards just thrice. He remains at his best as a high-volume underneath target. Next up is Denver's top-five-rated pass defense.
Beasley caught four of six targets for 74 yards during Sunday's 19-16 loss to the Browns.
Beasley finished second on the team in catches and receiving yards in this one while ranking third in targets. He generated the team's longest play from scrimmage on the day and finished with an impressive average of 18.5 yards per target. Beasley's three-game touchdown streak came to an end, but he remains a focal point of the passing game and will look to return to the end zone in next Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
Beasley caught both of his targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 24-9 win over Washington.
The good news is that the little guy has now scored in three straight games. The flip side is that for some reason he only played 45 percent of the offensive snaps, an odd season low considering it was a close game for much of the afternoon and Beasley was unhurt. We'll chalk it up to the game plan for now, though his playing time and his production outside the touchdown string merit watching. Beasley hasn't caught more than three balls in any of the last four games, and he's only eclipsed the 50-yard mark once all season.
Beasley caught three of seven targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-13 loss to Philadelphia.
Beasley hauled in a 14-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He's found the end zone in consecutive games but has exactly three receptions in each of his last three games after totaling 24 catches in his first four games with the Bills. The slot receiver will be looking to stretch his touchdown streak to three games in Week 9 against a Redskins defense that's surrendering 24.4 points per game.
Beasley was given a rest day Friday but does not have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
The little guy scored his first TD for the Bills in last week's win over Miami, and in what figures to be a tight game against the Eagles he may be an important piece once again. Philly is far weaker against the pass compared to its strong run defense.
Beasley secured three of six targets for 16 yards and a touchdown in the Bills' 31-21 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.
Beasley was headed for a second consecutive fantasy dud before coming down with a three-yard touchdown grab just after the midway point of the fourth quarter to help extend the Bills' lead to 24-14 at the time. The veteran possession receiver has an underwhelming 6-37-1 line over the last two games, but given his sure hands and precise routes, he should continue enjoying a pivotal role in Buffalo's air attack. Beasley will look to boost his numbers across the board in a Week 8 interconference battle against the Eagles.
Beasley caught all three of his targets for 21 yards in Sunday's win over Tennessee, seeing the field for 65 percent of the offensive snaps.
This was the lowest output of the season for Beasley, who remains about the most dependable receiver for modest output but one that has a low ceiling as well -- he's been used as an effective chain mover for the Bills while still looking for his first TD with the team. Beasley only has one red-zone look all season, something that probably won't change with tight end Dawson Knox emerging in recent weeks and the large, athletic Duke Williams breaking into the game plan against the Titans. Still, Beasley should be a starter all season and remains a viable option for those in deep leagues seeking 5-50-0 type lines.
Beasley caught seven of 12 targets for 75 yards in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Patriots.
Beasley edged out John Brown by one target, two catches and six yards for the team lead in each category. Starting quarterback Josh Allen got knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter with a concussion, but backup Matt Barkley proved capable of moving the offense effectively with 127 passing yards after coming in. While Buffalo's red-zone efficiency will likely suffer without the threat of Allen running the ball, the team's receivers could actually benefit from having a more accurate quarterback under center should Allen need to sit out against the Titans in Week 5 or beyond, though having Allen back clearly gives the offense more long-term upside.
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