Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Dwayne Harris works toward bigger role
By Richard Durrett
IRVING, Texas -- Dwayne Harris' confidence is growing now that he's getting a chance to catch more passes.
The 25-year-old wide receiver was targeted eight times in Sunday's 20-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, his highest total of the season. He had three catches for 33 yards, including a 21-yard reception. Against Washington on Thanksgiving, Harris caught four passes (and was targeted seven times) for 71 yards. He's had at least one catch the past four games.
Harris got 35 offensive snaps in last week's game, while Kevin Ogletree, the No. 3 receiver, got 13. The previous week against Philadelphia, Ogletree got 21 snaps and Harris 11.
"The coaching staff is trusting me more to go out and make plays," Harris said. "I think that has to do with what I'm doing in practice. I'm getting more confident with Tony (Romo) throwing me the ball and just going and doing my job."
Harris senses that Romo's confidence in him is growing.
"He throws me the ball a lot in practice," Harris said. "He knows I'm a reliable receiver and that most of the time I'm going to be where I need to be when he needs to throw the ball. That makes him more confident in me every week."
Harris and the rest of the wide-receiver corps are going about their preparations for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they await word on Dez Bryant's status.
"We'll find out some time this week what he's going to do," Harris said. "Right now, we're going through practice and preparing for the game. Nothing really changes. We go out and practice and we have guys that can step in if he's not in there."
They also continue to deal with the emotions of the past five days with the death of Jerry Brown and trying to support teammate Josh Brent. The team attended a memorial service for Brown on Tuesday.
"You just have to pull together as a team," Harris said. "We're just trying to go through it as a regular game week and preparing for Pittsburgh, just like every other team we've prepared for."