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Cole Beasley and Lance Dunbar ready to produce as role players

Cole Beasley is entering his fourth year with the Cowboys. Cole Beasley is entering his fourth year with the Cowboys.
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When the Cowboys offense is on the field, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and Terrence Williams get most of the attention from Tony Romo. But, the opposing defense is also locked in on the team's main threats.

That's why role players like Lance Dunbar, and Cole Beasley are so important. With Bryant not at Dallas' off-season workouts, Romo says that allowed him to work more with the once undrafted free agents.

"It may in the long run end up helping us as far as the ability for some others to step up," Romo said. "We had an opportunity to put in a few new things that I think are going to be important when the season comes on."

Undrafted out of SMU, Beasley is entering his fourth year with the Cowboys. Beasley has gained Tony Romo's trust over the years, but says he has a long way to to go before being considered on the best slot receivers in the NFL.

"We will see," Beasley said while laughing. "I still have a lot to prove. I don't have many snaps under my belt, so time will tell. I always have a high standard for myself, but you cannot go by stats all the time. It takes a lot for me to get the ball. The line has to do their job, quarterback has to do their job, and I have to do my job to get open."

Head coach Jason Garrett added, "Cole is a very instinctive player. I think we saw that right from the start. He has excellent quickness and has a great feel for the game. He is quarterback friendly. He is someone we really really believe in, and I think that is justified if you look at his performance."

As Dunbar, he was also undrafted out of college and the former North Texas standout is entering his fourth year with Dallas. The running back has yet to find the endzone as a pro, but has impressed the coaching staff when his number is called.

"Typically what has happened when he has gotten the ball in games, he has done really good things for our team," Garrett said. "We will try to keep giving him opportunities as a runner, as a receiver, and as a return guy."

Dunbar added, "I try to score every time. I don't get many touches, so I try to take advantage of the one's I do get. But, I would try to take advantage of more touches. I have been trying to show my whole life what I am about, and what I can do. I try to prove everybody wrong, that is how I go about my business."

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