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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Jimmy Robinson: Third receiver spot is still open

By Calvin Watkins

OAKLAND -- Wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson still doesn't know who will be the No. 3 wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys.

With Miles Austin out, Kevin Ogletree got a chance to run with the first-team offense against the Oakland Raiders and finished with just one catch. Cole Beasley, who performed well the last few days of training camp since returning from an absence for personal reasons, was the first-team slot receiver but didn't get any catches.

Andre Holmes led the Cowboys with three catches for 40 yards, including two leaping grabs that Robinson expects him to make.

The Cowboys are not bringing in a veteran to compete with the young receiver corps at this stage. There are three preseason games and several more practices remaining before a final decision can be made regarding the No. 3 wideout.

"It's a new ballgame everywhere you go," Robinson said. "I don’t know if I've got some set formula that helps me figure it out. Hopefully it jumps out at you, (and you) know who the guys are that have the makeup and who don’t. Quite often you’re faced with a tough decision. At some point and time, where guys are pretty close, you have to make the call and hopefully you will make the right one. We’re not at that point, but we will be."

After offseason practices, Holmes appeared as the favorite to take the No. 3 spot but things changed when he failed his conditioning test and was behind a little bit on the depth chart. But he might have gotten back in the mix of things with his efforts Monday night at Oakland.

"I was able to make some plays. It felt good to be playing and get in game mode," Holmes said. "It took me a few plays. I was playing a little tentative in the beginning but after a few plays I was able to feel more comfortable and I got a catch and a few more catches and it felt good to be out there."