Thursday, January 20, 2011
Cowboys future focus: Kevin Ogletree
By Calvin Watkins
Position: Wide receiver
Height: 6-1. Weight: 198
How acquired: 2009, Free agent
Kevin Ogletree, who only had three catches for 34 yards before suffering a right big toe injury in 2010, is in play to become the Cowboys' No. 3 receiver behind Dez Bryant and Miles Austin.
What he did in 2010:Ogletree started off slow in training camp according to some team officials. But as the season progressed, Ogletree was one of the more improved players on the team. Jason Garrett wants his players to be consistent not only in games but in practices, and that was something Ogletree eventually did during the year. But Ogletree had only three catches for 34 yards before suffering a right big toe injury that placed him on injured reserve Dec. 15.
What to look for in 2011:The wide receiving corps might look different this fall if Roy Williams is sent packing and Sam Hurd finds a team willing to make him a receiver full-time. If that happens, Ogletree is in play to become the No. 3 receiver behind Dez Bryant and Miles Austin. Ogletree runs good routes and has good hands but consistent he performs during the year can determine how much playing time he'll receive.
Quotable:"I just wait for my opportunities. When your name is called you got to play and produce, that's the NFL. I knew I had to stay patient because I had some other guys in front of me and I'm willing to accept that." -- Kevin Ogletree
Bryan Broaddus’ Scout’s Eye:"He's a guy that when you watch him play, you do see the smoothness as a route runner and that's his game. He's got really good timed speed but you don't see him play that fast. He needs to be a little more consistent in catching the football, that's the biggest thing about him. Kevin needs to find a way to work to get himself open more and he needs to be a little more physical doing it that's the thing for him. I feel like he's got a lot of ability."