Cole Beasley leads in receiving, loses lunch

August, 19, 2012
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SAN DIEGO -- The final statistics show Cole Beasley leading the Dallas Cowboys in receiving with seven catches for 104 yards in Saturday's 28-20 preseason loss to the San Diego Chargers.

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AP Photo/Chris ParkCole Beasley had seven catches for 104 yards, but got sick after getting the wind knocked out of him in the second half.
The bulk of those catches came in the second half, but it was still an impressive performance for the rookie wideout from SMU.

However, after making a second-half catch, Beasley, well, got sick.

"I was tired," he said. "But the reason I came off was because I landed on the ball and the ball knocked the wind out of me and made me have to throw up a little bit. Being tired had a little bit to do wit hit, but it was more the ball knocking the air out of me. You'll probably see me throw up a lot more than just then. I throw up a lot before the games, too. I'm not ashamed of it at all. I just happened to land on the ball and it made some stuff come out of me."

Sickness aside, Beasley moved up the charts in the No. 3 receiver battle.

Kevin Ogletree also had a strong performance with four catches for 60 yards, and Dwayne Harris caught a touchdown pass among his four receptions.

"Yes, one day at a time is my approach," Ogletree said. "Just getting better every chance I get, never looking down or behind me or ahead of me or at the numbers, just growing every day as a player and as a person, and that's really helping me."

As of now, Beasley is getting first-team snaps as the slot receiver. Coach Jason Garrett noted the rookie is quarterback-friendly and does a good job of finding open spots in zone coverage.

"Yeah, I got to catch the ball and run with it a little bit," Beasley said. "So I think it was a good performance."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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