In the wake of the aerial circus that was Denver Broncos 51 Cowboys 48 one of the performers walked across the AT&T Stadium field two Sundays ago in search of another his role model.

Cole Beasley just wanted to thank Wes Welker for proving there was a place in the NFL for smallish receivers like him.

Funny thing however in their first-ever face-to-face meeting Beasley was surprised to find something about the player he had for years admired from afar.

“He’s much bigger than me” Beasley recalled thinking. “He’s much thicker.”

Welker is listed at 5-9 190 pounds a jockey who has thrived in the world of sumos.

Everything is relative however. Beasley is generously listed at 5-8 175.

Welker caught five passes against the Cowboys for 49 yards and one touchdown a relatively ho-hum performance for a receiver with 805 catches and almost 9000 yards on his decade-old NFL résumé that is highlighted by five 100-plus reception seasons.

Against the Broncos Beasley caught a season-high four balls for 47 yards and one touchdown a potential breakout performance for the second-year wide receiver.

Beasley followed up catching four more passes for 44 yards Sunday night against the Washington Redskins.

Consider that Beasley lost in a sea of bigger faster receivers wasn’t even asked to suit up for the Cowboys’ first two games of the season. But there he was receiving accolades during the victory over the Redskins from NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth who made his NFL bones as a receiver.

Circumstances now dictate that Beasley may become a vital part of the Cowboys offense Sunday at the Philadelphia Eagles.

With injured leading rusher DeMarco Murray likely to miss the game and his backup Lance Dunbar surely out quarterback Tony Romo throwing quick short passes to slot receiver Beasley may be the best and most efficient way for the Cowboys to pick up short yardage.