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Sunday, August 26, 2012
Stock Report: Felix Jones up, Ronald Leary is down

By Calvin Watkins

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Here's our weekly Stock Report after the Cowboys held on for a 20-19 win over the St. Louis Rams.
Streaking


Stock Up

Dwayne Harris: It's unknown how many wide receivers the Cowboys will keep -- five or six seems like a good place to start -- but Harris had his best game of the preseason. He had three catches for 118 yards with two touchdowns. He continues to get better and is now pushing Kevin Ogletree for playing time.

Felix Jones: He had his best game of the preseason with 34 yards on six carries, and he averaged 11.5 yards per catch. Jason Garrett said Jones is still working himself into shape, and the head coach is right about this. Jones is getting more of a burst back with his runs and seems to be regaining some elusiveness.

Sean Lee: The starting inside linebacker most likely won't play again this preseason. He ended the Rams game with five tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss, a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup. While DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff are the two best players on defense, Lee is right behind them.
Slumping


Stock Down

Ronald Leary: The guard was penalized twice Saturday night. While the team has high hopes for him, he continues to struggle at times. Leary said he needs to pick his game up and that he's not guaranteed a roster spot. That's a good attitude to have, but he's got one more preseason game to show it.

Jay Ratliff: Injuries hampered Ratliff's summer. The plantar fasciitis cost him the offseason workouts and limited his training camp practices. Now a high-ankle sprain could force him to miss the regular-season opener. Ratliff is a tough guy, but the Cowboys have to be cautious with one of their more valuable players.

Matt Johnson: The fourth-round pick just can't get a break. He missed training camp practices with a hamstring injury, and when he returned for the first time this preseason, he injured the other leg. The Cowboys like Johnson's playmaking ability, but he can't show it in games if he's hurt.