TAMPA, Fla. — With unpredictability towering above their pass receiver position heading into Sunday’s house opener versus the Green Bay Packers (1-1), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0) have raised pass receiver Cole Beasley from the practice team to the active lineup, the group revealed Saturday.
Beasley, an 11-year veteran who invested the previous 3 seasons with the Buffalo Bills, signed with the club Wednesday to assist balance out the loss of a trio of Pro Bowlers wideouts: Mike Evans — who is serving a one-game suspension for his function in recently’s melee at the New Orleans Saints — Chris Godwin and Julio Jones, who are handling hamstring and knee injuries, respectively.
After missing out on Week 2’s triumph at New Orleans, Jones had the ability to go back to practice Friday, investing the part of practice available to the media dealing with group fitness instructor Bobby Slater off to the side. He is formally noted as doubtful for Sunday, while Godwin was dismissed Friday. Wide receivers Russell Gage (hamstring) and Breshad Perriman (knee), who are both anticipated to have larger functions Sunday, are likewise bring injury classifications, highlighting how precarious the Bucs’ dilemma is at the position.
Beasley, who invested the week attempting to get up to speed rapidly with pass receivers coach Kevin Garver, stated there is some carryover from previous offenses he’s played in, that included his very first 7 years with the Dallas Cowboys, with whom he developed himself as one of the premier slot receivers in the league.
“He’s quick, catches up to speed [really] fast, he understands the system,” Coach Todd Bowles stated Friday. “He’s played and he’s got a lot of reps under him, so if we needed him, I think he’ll be ready.”
Beasley, 33, stated he wasn’t sure if he’d get a chance to play in the NFL once again, having actually not become part of a training school for the very first time in his profession. But having fun with quarterback Tom Brady was constantly something he desired provided Brady’s dependence on slot receivers. He started connecting to Brady months earlier on Instagram, however it wasn’t up until the current rash of injuries that an area opened for Beasley in what was as soon as an extremely congested receiver space.
“I’ve been wanting to play with Brady for a long time, so it’s exciting for me,” Beasley stated. “I’m excited for the opportunity and just ready to get back at it. It’s a humbling experience kind of waiting this long. It’s the first time I’ve never been through a [training] camp. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.
“This is the best circumstance,” Beasley said. “I’m simply delighted to be a part of it. Whatever my function is, I’ll meet it. Wherever they require me, I’m simply being available in and assisting any method I can.”
Beasley said he progressed over the week and was getting more and more comfortable. But one concern he expressed was adjusting to the heat and humidity — a problem he encountered when the Bills and Bucs went into overtime in prime time of Week 14 last year. Sunday’s high in Tampa will be 90 degrees with 67% humidity and a 30% chance of rain.
“I keep in mind being gassed attempting to come back. It was tough attempting to come back because arena with the humidity. That’s what I’ll keep in mind. I’ll keep in mind that and losing a bit,” Beasley said.
Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich said Beasley will adjust.
“It takes a little time to get utilized to it down here,” Leftwich said. “I didn’t see anything in practice — a video game and practice are a lot various. He [would] be getting more representatives in a video game rather than what he did today in practice. … He’s a veteran, he’s a professional — he understands how to do that.”