Sunday, August 19, 2012
Kevin Ogletree leads No. 3 receiver race
By Calvin Watkins
SAN DIEGO -- Before you go gaga over Cole Beasley and his seven-catch, 104-yard performance against the San Diego Chargers, give some attention to Kevin Ogletree.
While the Dallas Cowboys' No. 3 receiver spot isn't locked up, Ogletree made a powerful argument for the role Saturday night.
Ogletree caught four passes for 60 yards against the Chargers' first- and second-team units. He made a tough, leaping 35-yard reception against starter Quentin Jammer while taking a hit, leading to the first touchdown of the preseason for the Cowboys.
The catch certainly left an impression on owner/general manager Jerry Jones.
"What I liked about Ogletree was, in tight, when it was a collision to get the ball, he made the big catch," Jones said. "One of the criticisms of him is physically he needs to get better when he has the physically contested ball. I think he's shown that with that big catch. We know he's got speed. We know he's got quickness. I thought he made a statement for himself."
Nothing against Beasley, who had six of his catches in the fourth quarter against the third-team Chargers defense and could be the fourth or fifth receiver for the Cowboys, but with two preseason games remaining, Ogletree is the leader to become Dallas' No. 3 receiver.
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