Tampa – Before Cole Beasley could find a way to slip into the buck pool, he had to slip into Tom Brady’s direct messages.
The receiver always wanted to play with Brady. But Beasley, a 10-year-old NFL veteran who was released by the Bills in March, didn’t know if he would return to the NFL after not getting a chance from any team during training camp, and she was The prospects for the 33-year-old are bleak two weeks into the regular season.
Beasley didn’t have Brady’s phone number, so he said he hit the Bucs quarterback on Instagram.
“I’ll be honest, I hit him a lot. I slipped in (his direct messages) for sure,” Beasley said. “I’m sure a lot of guys do. It’s been a long time. He didn’t really say anything until recently.
“I’ve been wanting to play with Brady for a long time, so it’s exciting for me. I’m excited about the opportunity and ready to come back for it. You know, it’s a humbling experience of waiting so long. It’s the first time I haven’t been to a (training) camp at all. I have So much for me to do.”
He signed Boss Beasley to the coaching staff Wednesday. But with the league on Wednesday rejecting Mike Evans’ appeal of a one-game suspension for his role in Sunday’s fight against the Saints, and with injuries continuing to the receiver, Paisley may be wanted for Sunday’s game against the Packers.
“Cole is a viable receiver. We’ll see now. He hasn’t played in a while,” coach Todd Bowles said. “He was on the street, really. We’ll have to see what he knows and what kind of look he is, and we’ll kind of start from there.
“We have depth. But any time you lose quite a few guys anywhere you have to worry a little bit. But we have guys who need to step up and make plays, and we kept them for a reason, so they just have to come in and perform.”
Consider how the receiver is hit in the receiver. Julio Jones (knee) and Chris Goodwin (hamstring) missed Sunday’s game in New Orleans and did not train Wednesday. Russell Gage (hamstring), Prishad Berryman (knee) and Scotty Miller (calf) were limited on Wednesday.
When you’re healthy, the Bucs have one of the most star-studded reception rooms in the NFL. The Beasley 550 has a career reception with the Bills and Cowboys, and it fits right in. Last season, he had 82 catches for 693 yards and two touchdowns for Bills. But after not signing for long after his release, he didn’t know if he’d get another chance to play in the NFL.
“I was ready to go in somewhere and show that I can still play,” he said. “There are a lot of guys out here who have had a lot of success. So really, look at it where you can take a lot from every guy, you know? There’s something we can get from each other and make each other better, so I’m excited about that.”
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Paisley was assigned the number 15 jersey and began his first practice during the special teams period by sending kicks. He dropped his first attempt, picked up the ball and nearly hit the end of a tight Ku Kift before his helmet flew off.
Paisley’s career at Buffalo unofficially ended. He was outspoken about opposing the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols and refusing to receive a vaccine. He tested positive for the coronavirus in December and missed a match. Despite having a year left on his contract, Bills was unable to trade Paisley, which led to his release.
At 5 feet 8 and 174 pounds, Beasley is similar to Brady’s New England slot receivers, such as Wes Welker, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola.
“That was one of the reasons I’ve always wanted to play with him,” Beasley said. “He’s had a lot of success with those kinds of guys.”
Berryman looked as though injuries in the reception room shouldn’t be an issue, whether or not Beasley was playing.
“Just like any other week. “No matter who’s in there, no matter who’s the defender, you’re going to go there and expect to win,” said Berryman, who spotted Brady’s lone landing in New Orleans. “This is the mentality of anyone in that room, beginners included. This is the standard we set ourselves.”
Although Brady was scheduled to take a day off on Wednesday, he practiced. Perhaps it was another chance to gain some rhythm with what was left of the receiving wire. Beasley said he spent most of his time with reception coach Kevin Garver learning plays in the opening game at home on Sunday.
“This is the perfect situation,” Beasley said. “I am just happy to be a part of it. Whatever my role is, I will do it. Wherever they need me, I just go and help in any way I can.”
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