Buffalo Bills: Cole Beasley keeps up career-best pace on MNF

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Nov 15, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Set to reach his finest yearly numbers, Beasley posted a career-best in yardage during the Buffalo Bills’ Monday night win in Glendale.

Eight days after earning six points the hard way, Cole Beasley was happy to return to the end zone in more traditional methods during Monday night’s displaced tilt against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Buffalo Bills receiver earned the first scoring pass of his career (and first since high school) last week against the Los Angeles Chargers, but another group of Californian foes saw felt his wrath on the receiving end. His five-yard touchdown from Josh Allen at the onset of the second quarter helped shift momentum back toward the Bills’ side, knotting things up at 7-7. Those five yards were part of a career-best night for Beasley, whose final tally of 130 played a big role in an eventual 34-24 victory at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Following that touchdown, offensive lineman Jon Feliciano picked up Beasley and mimicked rocking him to sleep as their dumbfounded, yet celebratory, teammates looked on.

“I told him if I got in the end zone, I’d let him rock me to sleep,” Beasley said of the celebration, per Jourdon LaBarber of BuffaloBills.com. “(Feliciano) did a good job. I was really happy he came and found me when I got in there.”

Though Beasley’s teammates are happy to treat him like a baby, his impact has been anything but infantile. The second-year Bill is on pace to set new career-highs in nearly every major receiving category, his current tallies sitting at 797 on 66 receptions, four of which have gone for touchdowns. All but nine of those yards have come through his role as the slot receiver, an NFL Next Gen Stats category where Beasley leads in yardage from the spot (778).

Beasley’s prior career-best campaign came in 2016 with the Dallas Cowboys, when he picked up 75 catches and 833 yards. His best touchdown earnings came in his Buffalo debut last season (6).

Through Monday’s visit to Glendale, Beasley has earned triple-digit yardage games in three of his last six. The timing couldn’t be better, as he has been asked to step up in the absence of fellow veteran John Brown, who has missed the last two games with a high ankle sprain. Placed on injured reserve, Brown will be eligible to return for the Week 15 Saturday night contest against Denver.

Beasley’s performance in an expanded role has not gone unnoticed.

“His presence is like a superhero,” guard Dion Dawkins said in LaBarber’s report. “He reminds me of The Flash. He’s extremely quick – not a little kid but he’s a go-getter. He has his fun, he says his little comments, and he goes hard at 150 miles per hour. He does it over and over again, and I see The Flash.”

Despite his magic against the Chargers, Beasley admitted he was disappointed with the way he played in the most recent showing at Bills Stadium. Though he had a perfect passer rating via his single pass being a score, he mustered only 25 yards on a pair of receptions otherwise.

Beasley said he was more annoyed that he wasted a decent day from Josh Allen than he was about any lost stats on his end. Monday made for a more successful collaboration between the pair, as 130 of Allen’s 364 yards went to Beasley.

“I was a little disappointed in my play last week. I was excited for another chance to play better for my teammates,” Beasley said of the improvement, per Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN. “Any time you’ve got a guy like that throwing to you, you never want to lose a route or let him down because you know he’s looking for you, and he’s going to get it there.”

Beasley and the Bills (9-3) return to action on Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags