Posted on August 12, 2011 at 12:05 PM
Friday, Aug 12 at 12:10 PM
ARLINGTON, TX - An impressive performance like the one that wide receiver Dwayne Harris had in his first preseason game doesn't really guarantee a whole lot just yet. Unless you're a super talent like Dez Bryant, the chances of a rookie wide receiver seeing significant playing time this fall is very slim and for the most part nonexistent. But, he might make a good practice squad project for now.
The top three targets will be Bryant, Miles Austin and tight end Jason Witten. That doesn't leave a whole lot for a third receiver, especially when a rookie doesn't have the confidence or respect that a quarterback like Tony Romo is looking for.
Having said that, last year’s third receiver was Roy Williams who ended up catching 37 passes, including 5 touchdowns. He was targeted 64 times, but that's only 4 passes thrown his way per game. And this was a highly priced receiver who was in his seventh year in the league.
Harris does have a nice background. He was the Conference USA player of the year last year at East Carolina where he caught 101 passes, including 10 touchdowns.
Thursday, he caught the winning touchdown in a meaningless preseason game. "I'm just doing my job," Harris said after the game. "They call the route and I wanted to help this football team and also help myself make this squad."
Harris finished with five catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns while the front runner for the third receiver slot is still Kevin Ogletree. Ogletree had two catches for 22 yards.
Harris does have an interesting upside and since Ogletree hasn't exactly set the world on fire, maybe there is a chance.
The Cowboys like what he gives them from the slot plus he can also return punts and kickoffs. Harris had two punt returns for -10 yards and one kickoff return for 32 yards. All in a nights work for a rookie trying to prove he has something the Cowboys need.