SMU grad and undrafted free agent Cole Beasley’s impressive preseason campaign was rewarded on Friday with a spot on the 53-man roster. The 5-foot-8 Beasley impressed the coaching staff with his quickness out of the slot and is considered along with Kevin Ogletree a strong candidate for the No. 3 receiver when the Cowboys take the field against the Giants on Wednesday night.
“I’m willing to accept any role that they’ll give me,” Beasley said Saturday at Valley Ranch. “I’m glad to be here, and I want to do anything I can to get on the field and help the team win.”
Beasley has been working with the first team during three-wide sets in most practice scenarios. Despite the early success, Beasley remains humble.
“I’m just trying to get better every day and trying to move up the ladder,” said Beasley. “Trying to make my teammates better while I’m out there, and hopefully they help me get better too.”
After being cut from the 53-man roster late Friday night, rookie running back Lance Dunbar cleared waivers and was signed to the practice squad.
Dunbar, a North Texas product by way of Haltom High School, made the most of the Cowboys' final preseason game against Miami, slashing his way to a game-high 105 rushing yards on 15 attempts including a shifty, spinning 58-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
No stranger to adversity, (Dunbar and his family were forced to flee their native New Orleans in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina), he remains confident in his ability.
“I guess I’ve showed enough potential, and they like what I’ve done so far,” said Dunbar. “I was a little disappointed but I could be at home right now.”
With the injury history of Felix Jones and Demarco Murray, Dunbar realizes he is only a few plays removed from being on the roster.
“I’m just blessed to be here, and I’m going to take advantage of it and be ready for the opportunity when it comes.”-- Jared L. Christopher