OXNARD, Calif. — Cole Beasley says he’s ready to focus on football after returning to Cowboys training camp.
Beasley, an undrafted rookie receiver out of SMU, reconsidered his decision to give up football after a brief trip home to visit with family and others close to him. He said he had to deal with some personal issues, which he declined to discuss in detail other than to say they are behind him.
“I’ve got all of that resolved,” Beasley said after the Sunday walkthrough. “Now I’m ready to just focus on football.”
When Beasley left camp Friday evening, head coach Jason Garrett gave him 24 hours to reconsider. In a Saturday night phone conversation, Beasley informed Garrett that he wanted to return to the team. He caught a 6:40 a.m. flight from Dallas on Sunday morning to get to Oxnard in time for the walkthrough.
Garrett cited the undersized Beasley’s passion for the game as one of the reasons the Cowboys were interested in him this spring. Beasley put himself in position to have a chance to compete for a roster spot with his performance at offseason workouts, but Garrett said he hadn’t seen the same passion from Beasley at training camp.
“When I spoke with him yesterday, it was like the guy that we signed back after the draft, so we’re excited to have him back,” Garrett said. “What happened the past few days, in my mind, are done. All those issue, they’re behind us. What matters is what he does now.”
Beasley, the son of a former high school football coach, acknowledges that his decision to temporarily walk away probably hurt his chances to make the team. However, he tried to put a positive spin on the situation.
“It just gives me motivation to push harder,” Beasley said. “Now I’ve just got to work harder than everybody out here and still show them that I belong.”
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Jerry Jones is not backing down from his tough talk regarding receiver Diamond Dez Bryant and his play on an off the field following his arrest two weeks ago for misdemeanor family violence against his mother.
Jones had somewhat of a come to Jesus meeting with Bryant and let him know if he didn’t take care of his business the right way on and off the field that he could lose his job with the Cowboys.
“What I expressed was my own frustration,” Jones said. “I didn’t want to visit until I got past all of that, and certainly it’s important, I want everyone to know, certainly Dez that this is not good for the Cowboys, we take that very seriously. It’s not good for the franchise, and so the same kinds of things that he needs to address for the league and for society and the legal aspect of it, as well as for him. It holds true for the Cowboys and that’s the way it is. That’s not really new. It’s just a point of emphasis.”
Jones said Bryant can help himself and help his family off the field by doing the right things on the field.
Bryant has had a strong start camp but Jones said he always looked good in camp and faded as the season has gone along because he was out of shape.
So while Bryant has looked good, Jones emphasized that he must sustain it.
“Well, I’m seeing him do what you almost expect from him,” Jones said. “What I want him to do is, and we want to do, is be able to do that all year long, all game long. That hasn’t happened. He’s disappeared at the end of some ballgames, and then we haven’t had at him because of injury in the season. I know he’s in the best shape that he’s been in since he’s been in pro football, a lot of injury in the past, and a lot of the times that disappeared at the end of the ballgames, I think that had to do with his conditioning. That’s not the case. This season, he’s really in top shape, I’m glad to see, it’s exciting to see him make those plays.”
“That’s why he’s got a real opportunity to get his life together because he can make plays like that,” Jones continued. “If he can do that, he’s got a way to kind of get people to say look, he was a young guy, made some mistakes, but look at him go now. That’s my dream for him.”
Jones said he has seen a lot of improvement in Bryant’s approach to the game, starting back in the offseason. His focus in workouts was better and so was his approach but was before he got charged for misdemeanor family violence right before camp.
“He’s screwed around here and got his benefit of the doubt collateral down to nothing,” Jones said. “And he’s also very vulnerable. Now you’ve got to act differently when you’re in those shoes. He’s got to gain a bunch of that back. He can do it, and he can do it right out on this football field. And I hope that he does.”
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Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead Sunday morning in his room at the club’s training camp at Lehigh University. He was 29.
The police chief at Lehigh, Edward Shupp, said a 911 call was made at 7:20 a.m., and that Garrett Reid was dead when a policeman arrived at the campus dormitory. A cause of death has not been determined.
"There were no suspicious activities," Shupp said.
The family announced that services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Broomall, Pa.
The 29-year-old Reid struggled with drug abuse for years and was imprisoned for a 2007 high-speed car crash in which another driver was injured. Police found heroin, which Reid admitted to using, and more than 200 pills in his car. When he surrendered to begin serving his sentence in that case, prison guards found Reid had tried to smuggle prescription pills into jail.
Reid seemed to have rebounded from his problems in recent times and was assisting the Eagles’ strength coaches at camp in an unofficial capacity, a not-uncommon sort of role for NFL coaches’ sons. Many of the coaches and staff stay in the Lehigh dorms.