Cole Beasley was really, really good this year.
Though the addition of Stefon Diggs obviously went a long way in boosting Josh Allen's game from promising to MVP-caliber, Allen probably wouldn't have been able to post his monstrous stats without Cole Beasley on the field. In 15 games, Beasley hauled in a career-high 82 catches for a career-high 967 yards at a career-high 76.6 catch percentage. More than halfway through the regular season, Beasley actually ranked higher than any other wide receiver in an advanced metric that showed just how valuable he was to the Bills' offensive attack.
He was often more than just a "good" second receiving option. In four games, he topped eight receptions and 100 yards, with the latest effort coming in Week 15 against the Broncos. He had eight catches for 112 yards in a 48-19 rout, and his first 1,000-yard season really didn't seem like a stretch.
And then, all of a sudden, he slowed down. He had 17 yards in Week 16, didn't play in Week 17, recorded 57 in the Wild Card game, and followed that up with a complete goose egg against the Ravens in the divisional round.
And now we may have some insight as to why, and it's completely badass. WGR's Sal Capaccio shared what Beasley told reporters about his season in review.
Beasley added that in his case, with playoff football on the line, you just "take a few meds and suck it up," and that he won't need any surgery as it was a partial break.
I don't care if it was 100 percent broken. I don't care if it was a partial break. I don't care if one tiny little fragment of his fibula had chipped off. Playing three playoff games with a broken fibula is some type of crazy commitment that shows what type of special player Cole Beasley is.