CAPACCIO: Breaking down Cole Beasley's night in Carolina

August 17, 2019

The Josh Allen-to-Cole Beasley connection is starting to flourish this preseason.

Friday night in Carolina, the quarterback targeted the wideout five times, resulting in five completions for 44 yards. I broke down each of those five plays from the formation to Beasley’s route to what Allen did at the snap and with the ball.

Here’s how they happened:

  • 1st-and-10 at Bills' 25

Twins left, Beasley in the slot, covered man-to-man by Tre Boston. Runs a simple seven-yard curl route and shows a slight move outside with his hips, but curls back inside. He catches the ball for an easy five-yard gain.

  • 3rd-and-5 at Bills' 30

Trips right, Beasley the No. 3 wide receiver to that side (most inside receiver of the three). Beasley runs straight ahead five yards then runs a square in. Very simple route, no wasted movement. The Panthers are in zone defense. Inside linebacker Jermaine Carter is ultimately responsible for Beasley’s area in the middle of the field. Bealey catches it right between the hashes for a nine-yard gain and first down.

  • 2nd-and-10 at Panthers' 28

Twins right, Beasley in the slot. He motions left across the formation, stopping behind the wide receiver on the line to that side, creating a twins stack formation. At the snap of the ball, he takes one step forward then turns back towards Josh Allen and steps back behind the line for a wide receiver screen, with the other wideout (Andre Roberts) blocking for him. The Panthers are in man-to-man with cornerback Corn Elder covering Beasley. Roberts does an excellent job to block Elder, causing the Carolina defensive backs to switch men, leaving Boston to cover/try to tackle Beasley. Bills left tackle Dion Dawkins and left guard Quinton Spain release and get out in front for key blocks. Beasley gains 10 yards and a first down.

  • 2nd-and-11 at Panthers' 18

Bills spread five wide receivers with trips to the right and Beasley is the No. 3 wide receiver, lined up only two yards from the right tackle. The Panthers are in nickel defense and playing zone, leaving Carter essentially alone in the middle of the defense with other defenders spread out. He’s standing on the right hash mark about five yards off the line of scrimmage. Beasley runs right at Carter, but stops just three yards beyond the line of scrimmage and turns around. Allen pumps but doesn’t throw, so Beasley moves slightly towards the middle of the field. Allen throws it and Beasley catches it for a five-yard completion.

  • 2nd-and-18 at Panthers' 43

Bills spread five wide receivers with trips to the right and Beasley the No. 3 wideout, lined up only two yards from the right tackle (exactly the same as No. 4 above). Carolina is playing man-to-man with Carter matched up on Beasley. Right at the snap of the ball, Beasley runs right at Carter, then just as he gets within about a yard of him, Beasley breaks down and gives a hip shake before cutting inside. Carter was left standing and even turning the wrong way as Beasley gets separation as he’s running towards the middle of the field. Allen uses a slight look-off left then looked right at Bealey and threw it to him. Beasley catches tin stride and turns upfield for a 14-yard gain (see below):

1. This is the exact matchup Bills are trying to create. ILB man/man on Beasley

2. Watch Beasley’s footwork as he gets to LB Jermaine Carter. Carter was standing flat-footed and had no chance. Was even turning the wrong way.

3. Allen looked left at snap, came back to Beasley.

— Sal Capaccio -- (@SalSports) August 17, 2019

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