“He’s Got Fresh Legs”

September 23rd, 2022

Bucs OC Byron Leftwich.

The health state of Bucs receivers can be summed up in two words.

“Cole Beasley.”

The Bucs pulled the 33-year old veteran off the street this week and while they placed him on the practice squad, would anyone be surprised if Beasley plays Sunday against the Packers?

Sure, how much of the playbook could he learn in a handful of days? Beasley said earlier this week the good thing is he only needs to learn a gameplan. He has a good point.

Yesterday speaking to the Fourth Estate, Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich said you can see watching Beasley practice why he hung in the league for so long.

“Well, he’s got fresh legs. He’s got fresh legs,” Leftwich said. “When you first see him, you understand that he’s been around football a long time. You see why he’s had the success [that] he’s had. He’s very detailed – he’s come in and actually had two good days of practice.

“Obviously, it’s the first two days but he looked good the first two days. We’re trying to get him caught up on the system, the wording, everything – where he’ll need to be, if he’s needed. We’re just trying to get everyone ready.”

Leftwich admitted he doesn’t know if Beasley will play.

Given how the Bucs had a lot of drops in the game at New Orleans last week, and how sure-handed Beasley has been through his career, it would be more of a surprise if Beasley is not playing Sunday.

“I don’t know yet, really,” Leftwich said of the team’s plans for Beasley Sunday. “I can’t really answer that question. We’re just getting finished, really, with day two.

“I want to look at the film, grade the film – but he’s been doing well since he got here.”

The way Joe looks at it, Beasley is right: He only needs to learn the gameplan for the Packers. And if the Bucs plan to activate Beasley, Joe’s willing to wager (but not too much) the Bucs craft maybe eight plays for Beasley.

“He’s a veteran, he’s a pro,” Leftwich said of Beasley.

Equally important, he can catch.

36 Responses to ““He’s Got Fresh Legs””

  1. Listnfrmafar Says:

    I hope someone other than BL is teaching him the WORDING!

  2. Mr. Editor Says:

    Can’t wait to see him in a Bucs uniform! It will be even better if he scores a touchdown. Go Bucs!

  3. Bucfan Says:

    “trying to get him caught up on the system” Not that hard -up the gut on 1st down, up the gut on 2nd & 9 to go & then chuck it to anyone close to being open.

  4. Ugotrobbed Says:

    Yeah, let’s throw him in there to quickly so we can have another blown hamstring! Be smart coach!

  5. NCBucfan Says:

    Yeah List, because everyone in Mass speaks proper”wording”, if you ask me y’all sound like a bunch of idiots with your stupid accents!

  6. SB~LV Says:

    Bye bye Scotty

  7. Goatfarmer Says:

    I think Beasley plays.

    This kind of reminds me of 2004, when the Bucs had Michael Clayhands and nobody else to throw to.

  8. Listnfrmafar Says:

    NC@ just saying, it may take a little longer. BL may have skipped a few ENG101 classes.

  9. NCBucfan Says:

    We just need a chain mover in the passing game right now. I think Beasley has the ability to do that a few times this week. We have been awful on 3rd down conversions so far.

  10. Goatfarmer Says:

    Funny, I re-read the headline and thought it said “He’s got fresh crab legs.”

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Well, if we’re not going to pass it to backs or TEs we need someone who can catch a 7 yard pass on 3rd & 6…….

    I also think he plays Sunday….he doesn’t have to know the whole playbook….just a few designed for him.

    Hopefully, between Perriman, Gage & Beasley we can move the ball.

  12. Infomeplease Says:

    Whoever can play!! Line em up!! LFG!!!

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Fresh legs. As long as their not crab legs

  14. Don Eladio Says:

    Stay away from Bucs training staff Cole – you’ll pull a hammy

  15. Dooley Says:

    Don’t doubt Beasley’s prowess as a pass catcher, but I do wonder how he’d fair doing all the other tangible things asked of slot WRs in this system like aiding in the run game as a seal out blocker or bending the corner on those jet motion sweeps. You figure GB can key on Beasley being in the game, for all the talk about predictability, and say “welp, it’s gotta be a pass” pretty much prep themselves better to stop what we might be doing.

    @NCbucfan is 100% right, Godwins’ absence creates a vacuum in reliability of having a sure handed chain mover on the field run and/or pass(and a hell of an open field blocker), which helps aid the offense in staying as “multiple” as possible from snap to snap. We’ll see tho, BA usually like his slot WRs bigger because of the reason stated above and being able to take the abuse that comes with working the middle of the field. It was Hines Ward in Pittsburgh, Fitzgerald in Arizona, & Godwin here in Tampa.

  16. Goatfarmer Says:

    Vaughn must also have fresh legs.

  17. Eckwood Says:

    Know your personnel don’t blame your Personnel………… Godwin isn’t a great outside guy BA saw this …….. McCoy had a quick step but never made big plays … BA saw this ………. Miller isn’t a very good slot guy and could have scored twice if the playbook / position allowed for the route option in his coverage but he was running the wrong ( for him) routes .
    Some player s may ball out under certain schemes and coaches tendencies, likes and visions but literally not make the team under others ………. Do the Bucs tip plays with personnel groups ??? …… is this years offense struggling how to use certain receivers ?? I think so but I don’t think they will do that w Beasley as the answers to the test are being given to them and also resupplied by him ; not the coaches wanting him to be something he is not !!! At least not yet !! ………. I honestly think the offense will ignite if it can stay a lil healthy and Julio really isn’t a needed part of that until late in the year ……. Gonna take a bit until these coaches step back and self evaluate and the Bucs get healthy ……… Sure hope Vaughn plays well because I know he can and will with ample opportunity!!!

  18. CrackWise Says:

    Tempered enthusiasm, I am not looking for him to make a huge impact UNTIL we ger ME and JJ on the field again.

    Would be sweet if Gage stepped up

  19. David Says:


    That is what I’m wondering, is Gage 100% healthy with his hammy because he needs to break out!

    Although I see L Fournette and R White being used a lot

  20. Ultra ClodHopper Says:

    Round these parts, fresh legs means stiff hammy

  21. LakelandSteve Says:

    We gave $30 million over three years to Russell Gage to be the slot receiver. He allegedly has been injured most of training camp and non existent the first two weeks of the season. So are the Bucs admitting they made a mistake signing him? So now you have Cole Beasley who will play Sunday. It will be interesting to see during crunch time Sunday, is Gage in the slot or is Beasley in the slot. If Beasley is that would be saying a lot about Gage.

  22. MadMax Says:

    Put him where Jones would normally be, and Gage playing the slot like he’s supposed to be….Perriman in Evans spot just for this week.

    Man I wish they had held on to TJ. He was looking good with some of those catches.

  23. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    Signing Cole Beasley = Temporary Desperation

  24. Ash Says:

    Tj always looked good in preseason competing against players that were probably were not making a team or in practice. He had ample chances to step up and he got cut because he couldn’t take advantage.

  25. TOMMY MORDUE Says:


  26. Zwak Says:

    It’s only week three shouldn’t they all have fresh legs?

  27. Bobby M. Says:

    2 of the 8 plays will be a very predictable quick screen and an end a round.

  28. HC Grover Says:

    Fresh legs for up the gut. They will win if they run up the gut enough. Plus maybe punt on 3rd down too.

  29. Mike Titan Says:

    I hope Beasley plays because he can cause some problems for Green Bay especially if he’s constantly in motion before ultimately lining up in the slot where he’s utilized the most.

  30. orlbucfan Says:

    Mebbe BL will knock off the up-the-gut on 1st down. Naaaah, it would cause the Packer D and the RJS crowd to faint from shock!

  31. Buc4evr Says:

    They need to put 5 or ten plays in for Beasley and play him this week. The guy can play the slot better than Miller right now without even knowing the playbook.

  32. Orlando Kevin Says:

    With the injuries and drops, he fills a big need. And… I hate to get way ahead here, but he could provide good intel possibly if the Bucs play the Bills in the Super Bowl.

  33. Jmarkbuc Says:

    It’s week 3 of the season. Everyone should have fresh legs.

  34. Mike Johnson Says:

    translation? We will see Mr. Beasley on a few plays come Sunday.

  35. firethecannons Says:

    Hope we see fresh legs run some fresh routes wow we need someone TB can count on

  36. Wayne Says:

    No one has explained to me yet how Jones got hurt? And why Godwin was put in the first game of the season after the injury he sustained? And how did the linemen get hurt in practice 🤔