Dez Bryant, Kevin Ogletree sharing punt duties

October, 21, 2011
IRVING -- Now this could change, based on the the game situations, but for now wide receivers Dez Bryant and Kevin Ogletree will share the punt return duties Sunday vs. St. Louis.

Both players were returning punts during the open portion of practice to the media this week.

It's an interesting move because Bryant was hurt on his only return of the season, a 12-yarder vs. the New York Jets in Week 1 where he suffered a thigh bruise.

When asked is there a fear he might be rusty Bryant in a brief conversation as he walked to the weight room said, "I don't worry about that. I'm sharing things with KO."

Ogletree has never returned a punt in college or a NFL game. Yet he had some success. He returned a punt for a touchdown while at Holy Cross High School in Queens, N.Y.

Ogletree said he's confident in the abilities to return punts on Sunday. As a unit, the Cowboys are averaging just seven yards a return with six fair catches on 14 returns.

"If everyone does the job right, we can get that team rolling," Ogletree said after Friday's practice. "It's just about making the catch."

In his two-year career, Bryant has returned two of 16 punts back for touchdowns. He became the fifth rookie in franchise history with a punt return for a touchdown and just the second with at least two in the same season.

Why the Cowboys won't use Bryant more stems from coach Jason Garrett's reluctance to use starters on special teams full-time and the injury he suffered in the Jets game came on a punt return.
Calvin Watkins joined in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.



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