SAN DIEGO -- The leading receiver in Saturday’s loss to the Chargers had just one catch after three quarters.
In the race for a third wide receiver spot,
“I’ve just got to continue doing what I’ve been doing, that’s go out there and try to make every play that I can,” Beasley said. “And every time I get an opportunity to catch the ball I’ve got to catch it, bring it in, and try to get some yards after the catch.”
Beasley recorded his first and only catch with the first team on a 14-yard reception from
The rookie from SMU was held without a reception the next two quarters, while Ogletree separated himself from the third wide receiver candidate hopefuls with four catches for 60 yards in the first half, including a 35-yard bomb from
But Beasley’s night wasn’t done.
The undrafted rookie snagged six catches for 90 yards, including four catches for 57 yards on the game’s final drive to finish with 44 more yards than any other Cowboys receiver, validating what everyone had already seen from the slot threat throughout training camp.
Beasley admitted he was tired with the increased reps, even throwing up after one of his catches, which he said is actually normal for him.
“I was already gassed a little bit, then I fell on the ball and knocked the wind out of me a little bit,” he said. “It just caused some stuff to come up.”
Beasley caught passes from Romo,
“Beasley just has a really good feel as an inside receiver,” Garrett said. “He showed that. He can get away from people, has a good feel for finding holes, very quarterback-friendly.”
Romo only connected with Beasley one time, but he’s seen the abilities of the undersized receiver who is making his case to stay on the team as a slot receiver and potential punt returner.
“You could tell right away that he’s a smart kid who understands the game,” Romo said. “He understands coverages and when you can do that, it helps you get open. I could see that in the first few practices out there. Once he understands (the NFL) game a little better, I think he a chance to be really good.”
After solid nights from Ogletree and Harris, Beasley knows he still has his work cut out for him. But the 5-8 rookie is quickly becoming a favorite among fans and his teammates.
“Everybody likes an underdog,” Beasley said.