Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has seen a reduction in snaps over the past two games.
But the Bills (4-1) have nothing bad to say about him.
In Week 5’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football, Beasley only played in 39 percent of the snaps on offense. He recorded one catch.
Following the game, Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott said that was “game plan related.”
We’ll see if tha continues in Week 6 against the Tennessee Titans, but regardless, the coach is still confident in the wideout.
“He’s a pro,” McDermott said Thursday via video conference. “It’s hard when you don’t get the football. And I get that. There’s only one football to go around, and sometimes it’s not just one game, it’s two games, it’s three games and how are you going to react?”
“In this case, with Cole, hang together, stay with the plan, stay bought in, knowing that your time is going to come,” McDermott added. “I think is all part of the process of a season and a team being a real team. And to this point, you know, Cole has been very professional in the way that he’s handled it.”
In the past, Beasley, 32, has had dips in snaps played. However, the 22 total he played against the Chiefs was amongst his fewest in his Bills career.
As it has been with Beasley in recent months, magnifying the situation is something more than football.
On Oct. 4, Beasley took to his social media account on Twitter to complain about Bills fans, saying they boo him at home games. Beasley said people were taunting him because of his known stance of being “pro-choice” regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
In that game, Beasley had a slight dip in snaps played vs. the Houston Texans, then a bigger one against KC. Adding more speculation was Beasley deleting his own Twitter account after the Kansas City win.
McDermott has been steering clear of those off-field issues while discussing Beasley all week, but it still a curious series of events.
In addition to the coach, Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen also echoed a similar sentiment about Beasley.
“He’s a huge piece of our offense,” Allen said via video conference. “He understands some games we’re going to need him more than others. I think everybody on this team understands that.”
We’ll see if Monday’s game plan against the Titans has some Beasley in store for us.
In Beasley’s two career games with the Bills against the Titans (3-2), he didn’t factor in a ton.
Those games took place the past two seasons, respectively, and in those outings he combined for nine catches and 71 yards.
Beasley also played in 64 and 61 percent of snaps against the Titans the last two meetings.
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