Monday, October 22, 2012
Stock Report: Morris Claiborne up, Kevin Ogletree down
By Calvin Watkins
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Cowboys are now 3-3 and still in the playoff hunt -- well, almost everybody is -- after a 19-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
That means it's time for our weekly Cowboys Stock Report, where we take a look at whose stock is moving up and whose is moving down.
Dan Bailey --Yes, the Cowboys kicker made clutch kicks all afternoon, including the go-ahead 38-yard field goal with 53 seconds to play. Bailey also had kicks of 19, 49 and 28 yards. On the season, Bailey is 8-for-9, with the lone missing coming on a 51-yarder in the closing moments in Baltimore. There doesn't appear to be any sophomore slump for Bailey.
Morris Claiborne -- The rookie cornerback recorded his first interception of the season on a bad throw to the end zone from Cam Newton. Claiborne also made a clutch play in the fourth quarter, getting away with some contact and knocking down a fourth-down pass intended for Louis Murphy.
Bruce Carter -- Sean Lee gets so much credit in the middle of the defense, and he should, but Carter has also looked good this season. With Lee out because of a toe injury, Carter filled and called the signals and finished with five total tackles and one tackle for loss.
Running game -- The Cowboys rushed for a 85 total yards Sunday at Carolina, but neither Felix Jones nor Phillip Tanner averaged more than three yards per carry. As a team, the Cowboys averaged 2.7 per carry. It's the third time in the last four weeks the Cowboys failed to average more than three yards a carry.
Kevin Ogletree -- Jason Garrett said a finger injury led to the No. 3 receiver getting some bench time in favor of Dwayne Harris. But it's clear Ogletree has morphed back into what he is -- an inconsistent receiver. He finished with four catches for 27 yards.
Jason Garrett -- It's one thing to mismanage the game in Baltimore, but he was too conservative late in the game Sunday in Carolina. He said coverage was the reason why the Cowboys didn't take one more shot down the field, instead asking Bailey and the defense to secure the victory. It worked out this time, but over the next few weeks games against the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons, Garrett will have to call plays that get his team into the end zone.