Thursday, October 17, 2013
Cowboys' Dwayne Harris off to a fast start
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dwayne Harris was asked if he's the best returner in the NFL.
"I feel like I'm one of the more versatile special-teams players in the league," said Harris, who leads all qualified players in punt- and kick-return average. "I do a little bit of everything. I don’t think too many people go out and return punts, go down on kickoffs and then go to receiver. I don’t think too many people do that."
Harris earned his second award this season as the NFC special-teams player of the week for his performance Sunday against Washington. Harris had a 86-yard punt return for a score, the fifth-longest return in franchise history. Harris also had a 90-yard kickoff return, and his 222 combined return yards were the fourth-most in franchise history.
When the Cowboys visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Harris will come into the game having had some success against the Eagles. Last November, Harris was named NFC special-teams player of the week after returning a punt 78 yards for a touchdown. Harris also had a 51-yard kickoff return against the Eagles in 2011.
This season the Eagles rank 27th in the NFL in kickoff coverage as their opponents' average start is at the 23-yard line, nearly 2 yards above the league average.
"It's a trust factor for me and the guys blocking for me," Harris said. "I trust them, and they trust me to do my job. ... We work hard during practices on stuff that we go over for the game plan."