Remind me again: is it Dwayne or Dwight Harris? Ah, the joys of preseason football. It’s a time when unknown players can dominate against second or third team defenses and get us all excited over nothing. At first glance, this appears to be the situation with Cowboys’ rookie receiver, Dwayne Harris. However, if you look at the kid’s track record, you’d realize that making plays like he did Thursday night is kind of his thing. And, it’s quite possible that the ‘Boys found themselves a steal in the former East Carolina Pirate.
Players like Harris exemplify the problems with the combine. Because he didn’t run a great 40 time and was from a relatively small school, Harris didn’t attract much attention. However, he should have been rated higher. There is something to be said for guys that are just good football players, and Dwayne Harris has been a damn good football player for a long time.
Ever since he first stepped on the field at East Carolina, Harris has been a difference maker. As a redshift freshman, he arguably had more impact than any other young player in C-USA. In 2009 and 2010, he essentially had back-to-back 1000 yard seasons. If you watch videos of him in college, it quickly becomes very apparent that he is an explosive playmaker and you have to wonder how he slipped all the way to the sixth round.
Obviously, we shouldn’t get too excited about one preseason game. Harris has a lot to learn before the Cowboys can realistically rely on him to do his job. However, Thursday night, he certainly put a little more pressure on Kevin Ogletree. And, after that performance, it will be very tough for the ‘Boys to cut the young receiver. He’s too talented for the practice squad and there is no way he would clear waivers.
I’m rooting for Harris to win the job. Not that I have anything against Ogletree, but it doesn’t seem like his potential is as high and it would be great for Harris’ development if the Cowboys can get him on the field right away. Ultimately, finding steals in the later rounds of the draft is a trademark of good NFL franchises. Hopefully, the Cowboys have done that. The young Harris is certainly off to a great start.