Thursday, July 5, 2012
Improved Dwayne Harris vies for WR3 job
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys' search for a No. 3 receiver behind Miles Austin and Dez Bryant was not settled in organized team activities or minicamp, but the feeling from Jason Garrett and Tony Romo is that guy is on the roster now.
Garrett and Romo couldn't tell you who that guy will be, but they saw positive moments from Andre Holmes, whom owner and general manager Jerry Jones essentially nominated as the front-runner with his comments, Kevin Ogletree and even undrafted free agent Cole Beasley.
Another contender has looked better than he ever did in 2011, and that was Dwayne Harris.
Among the No. 3 receiver competitors, only Ogletree has caught a pass in a regular-season game, a whopping 25 in three seasons. Harris is the only other wide receiver who has at least been active for a regular-season game, playing in seven as a rookie and returning punts and kickoffs. The sixth-round pick averaged 28.9 yards per kick return and 5.3 yards per punt return.
But he was never part of the offensive plan in his seven games. Even with Bryant out and Austin hurt in Week 2 at San Francisco, Garrett went with Jesse Holley as the No. 2 wideout over Harris. The Cowboys did not tender Holley a contract in the offseason, making him a free agent, and he signed with New England last month.
Harris, at least, had a moment as a pass catcher with a 76-yard touchdown against Denver in the opening preseason game of 2011, finishing with five catches for 127 yards.
"It just showed everybody what I can do," Harris said. "I gave a little more exposure to what kind of playmaker I am."
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