Cowboys like Beasley

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett admits that SMU undrafted free agent receiver Cole Beasley falls into the Wes Welker, Danny Amendola stereotype because he is an undersized white receiver.

"He falls into that family of receivers," Garrett said of Beasley.

But like the others, Garrett said Beasley shouldn't be overlooked or bypassed despite his 5-8, 175-pound frame.

He caught 173 passes for 2,100 yards his last two seasons in college and showed the Cowboys in minicamp that he has a knack for making plays as a slot receiver. Garrett said Beasley has "a feel for it."

"You're never going to keep them because he's big, he's strong, fast, jumps through the roof, all that kind of stuff," Garrett said. "The way he stays in this league is every day he catches five balls. Every day he beats a guy you don't think he can beat. And he does it today, tomorrow and the next day, the next day, the next day. There are a lot of guys who made their way in this league that way, and he's going to be one of those guys."

--Linebacker DeMarcus Ware said the Cowboys had a great offseason learning Rob Ryan's defense and the difference between last year and this year for the defense is like night and day.

"When I think about the defense, from last year to this year, it's sort of like night and day," he said Thursday at Cowboys Stadium after the final minicamp practice and the last work of the offseason until training camp. "There weren't a lot of mistakes we were making. Guys were really aggressive, really comfortable. In the defense, whatever Rob called, we were ready for the situation.

"I feel really good about the defense, how things are progressing. Especially the young guys."

Pro Bowl nose tackle Jay Ratliff agrees with Ware.

"The defense is way more confident this year," the eighth-year veteran said. "You have players really stepping up. One player that comes to mind is Jason Hatcher. We're looking for him to have a breakout season. He's more confident in the defense. He's doing great things, creating a lot of disruption. The defensive backs are all over the place.

"Those guys are communicating. Everyone's challenging the pass. No one's sitting there waiting for the ball to come to make a tackle. They're going for the ball. It's a really aggressive defense. Everybody seems to have a great understanding of it. Everyone's on the same page. We're expecting great things from ourselves."

Ware is not only impressed with how the Cowboys have adapted to the scheme but the upgrades in personnel where there will be at least four new starters including safety Brodney Pool, and cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr.

"I think it was just a great offseason," Ware said. "There's a lot of room for improvement, always. But we've gotten a lot better."

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