Cole Beasley tired of Wes Welker comparisons

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Cole Beasley tired of Wes Welker comparisons

Is it such a bad thing for a rookie wide receiver to be compared favorably to Wes Welker?

Cole Beasley isn't thrilled about it.

"I do have similarities with him but I feel like I can play a little bit more outside than Welker does, as well as inside, the kid Cowboy said Tuesday on Dallas station 105.3 The Fan.

The most obvious likeness is size: Beasley is 5-8, 182-pounds. There's also the Cinderella storyline in that he went undrafted.

Considering how Beasley plays in the slot, is fast as hell, and knows how to exploit holes in a defense, the comparison only makes sense.

Or, to a guy trying to assert his own NFL identity, it's annoying.

I get tired of it a little bit because I feel like I have a little bit more speed than Wes Welker does. Hes got a little bigger frame than me but I feel like Ive got a little more versatility to my game than he does."

Beasley insists he's a fan of Welker, calling the Patriot "a great player" and "one of the best in the game." Still, the SMU product is eager to set himself apart.

Like with that Super Bowl drop.

Oh yeah, Beasley said. You got to catch that one.

Freeman, Coleman lift Falcons past Saints, 45-32

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Freeman, Coleman lift Falcons past Saints, 45-32

NEW ORLEANS - Devonta Freeman practically wore out the Superdome turf with one long gain after another, Tevin Coleman wouldn't be denied near the goal line and the New Orleans Saints hardly looked like the team that made an emotional homecoming nearly 10 years ago to the day.

Cheers turned to boos, and many fans filed out early.

Coleman rushed for three touchdowns, Matt Ryan passed for two TDs and Deion Jones returned an interception 90 yards for a score to help the Atlanta Falcons beat the winless New Orleans Saints 45-32 on Monday night.

"It was real fun. Everybody was doing their job and everybody was playing for each other," Coleman said. "Everything clicked, and we got it done. It's a real big win for us to beat this team here."

The game coincided with New Orleans' celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Saints' memorable return to the Superdome on Sept. 25, 2006, 13 months after Hurricane Katrina. But there would be no reprise of New Orleans' dominant and emotional 23-3 triumph over Atlanta a decade ago.

The Saints' depleted defense struggled to slow Freeman, who rushed for 152 yards and caught five passes for 55 yards. Coleman also was effective in the passing game out of the backfield, with three receptions for 47 yards to go with his 42 yards rushing.

"We have to stop the run better," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "They were over 200 yards in situations where you knew the run was coming, even at the end of the game."

Ryan finished with 240 yards passing for Atlanta (2-1), which did not turn the ball over and moved into sole possession of first place in the NFC South.

Drew Brees put up his usual big numbers - 376 yards and three TDs passing - and hit tight end Coby Fleener seven times for 109 yards and a TD. But Brees' tipped pass that resulted in Jones' TD return early in the fourth quarter gave the Falcons a 45-25 lead that proved too much for New Orleans to overcome.