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Bills’ Josh Allen says ‘it’s big’ to have Cole Beasley in offense

Cole Beasley, Josh Allen

Cole Beasley was hardly the highest-profile free agent to change teams this offseason. If his new quarterback’s appraisal is a harbinger of what’s to come with the Buffalo Bills, though, the seven-year veteran could be poised for a huge season in 2019.

Asked by The Athletic’s Tim Graham how important Beasley’s addition is to Buffalo’s offense, second-year quarterback Josh Allen compared his potential impact to that of Julian Edelman’s with the New England Patriots.

“It’s big, especially for the type of offense that we run. A good example, New England’s had Julian Edelman for a long time,” he said. “Tom trusts him, knows where he’s going to be, knows his body language. It’s no secret that we run a similar offense to the Patriots, and we want to utilize our slot guys, too, to make somebody miss and get up field.”

Beasley agreed to a four-year, $29 million contract with Buffalo on Tuesday. The 29-year-old spent the first seven years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys, emerging as one of the team’s top targets in 2016. He had 65 catches for 672 yards and three touchdowns last season.

Obviously, nothing matters more to Buffalo’s present and future than the development of Allen, the seventh overall pick of last year’s draft. The Wyoming product was typically erratic as a rookie starter last season, throwing for 2,074 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions while completing just 52.8 percent of his passes – worst among regular starters by a significant margin.

But with a route-running maestro like Beasley in the fold, the game should be easier for Allen this season, and not just because of his ongoing acclimation to the NFL game.