Bills’ Beasley not dwelling on past ahead of Dal­las re­turn

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Mark Lud­wiczak As­so­ci­ated Press

OR­CHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) >> Ahead of his long-awaited re­turn to Dal­las, Cole Beasley is hav­ing too much fun with his new team to dwell on the past.

Beasley’s Buf­falo Bills (8-3) will head to Dal­las to take on the Cow­boys (6-5) on Thanks­giv­ing. It will be Beasley’s first game against his former team af­ter spend­ing the first seven years of his ca­reer in Dal­las.

“I haven’t re­ally thought about it,” Beasley said. “I’ve been happy here so I’m kind of fo­cused more on what we’ve been do­ing here. There’s no ill will or any­thing. I still think I made the right de­ci­sion, it was the best move for me and I don’t re­gret it one bit.”

That’s a dif­fer­ent tone than the one Beasley struck ear­lier this off­sea­son. The 30-year-old slot re­ceiver was ea­ger to move on from Dal­las af­ter speak­ing out about his lack of op­por­tu­ni­ties in

the Cow­boys of­fense. Beasley signed a four-year, $29 mil­lion deal with Buf­falo in free agency and has been a fea­tured per­former for the up­start Bills with 49 re­cep­tions for 525 yards and four touch­downs through 11 games, Beasley is on pace to have one of the best sea­sons of his ca­reer.

“It’s all gone, I’m on a dif­fer­ent team,” Beasley said. “The role is dif­fer­ent now. I’m in a role that I wanted to be in any­where at that point in time when I was try­ing to de­cide where to go. It’s been awe­some. I’m get­ting to do ex­actly what I want to do here.”

Beasley has quickly be­come a go-to guy for Buf­falo both in the locker room and on the field. The 5-foot8, 174-pound wide­out has re­peat­edly im­pressed with his con­sis­tency and tough­ness, in ad­di­tion to his lead­er­ship skills.

“The thing about Cole that I don’t think re­ally peo­ple give him credit for is his foot­ball IQ is ex­tremely high,” Bills quar­ter­back Josh Allen said. “The things that he sees on the field, he’s kind of like a quar­ter­back out there. He sees things open be­fore they are.

“Con­cepts that he likes that he’s given to Coach Daboll we’ve in­cor­po­rated into our of­fense and they’re key, core plays for us. We ap­pre­ci­ate him here and we ap­pre­ci­ate how hard he works each day.”

Beasley ad­mits that a win over his former team would be spe­cial, but he’s more con­cerned about what it could mean for Buf­falo’s post­sea­son hopes. The Bills are com­ing off their two most com­plete per­for­mances of the sea­son — wins over Mi­ami and Den­ver — but are still look­ing for a sig­na­ture win.

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