Preseason is a time for all players to step it up and prove their talent on field. This preseason the Dallas Cowboys are waiting to see if any of their younger guys step up and take over the third wide receiver position. As many of you may remember last year that third spot was occupied by the very skilled, Laurent Robinson. Robinson set the standards sky high for a third receiver; he had 54 catches for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. Unfortunately, we lost him in free agency during the offseason, hence leaving a huge vacancy sign on the Cowboys third receiver position. The Cowboys had various opportunities to dig into the veteran market early on in order to fill in the receiver gap.
With veterans like, Randy Moss, Braylon Edwards, Chad Johnson and dare I say, Terrell Owens, the third receiver spot would be occupied with talent right now.Although, they all soaked in the spotlight at some point in their careers, these players were rather inexpensive. Despite the aptitude these players have only two would be considered worthy of playing for the Cowboys, Randy Moss, and Braylon Edwards. As for the problematic duo, Johnson and Owens, their second chances have come and gone and clearly they are not making the most out of them. Johnson seems to be heading to jail soon while his buddy Owens is dropping wide-open touchdown passes.
Anyways enough about what the Cowboys didn’t do, lets ponder on what they decided to do. The Cowboys choose to go with younger guys at the receiver position. They choose to resign Kevin Ogletree, who was a disappointment last year, and let him compete against overly emphasized, Andre Holmes, Dwayne Harris, and Cole Beasley. These four players are more likely to occupy that third spot at this point. Andre Holmes was the best receiver statistically in the opening preseason game while, Kevin Ogletree, Dwayne Harris, and Cole Beasley all shined in the second preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.
Analyzing them from a statistical standpoint we can see that Cole Beasley led the pack with 7 catches for 107 yards. On the other hand, Ogletree had 4 catches for 60 yards, including one spectacular 35-yard catch. As for Dwayne Harris he had 4 catches for 42 yards including a tough TD catch between three defenders. Some may argue that the race is now between Beasley, Harris, and Ogletree, but I wouldn’t count Andre Holmes out yet. By the end of the next preseason game we should know who will likely step in as the third receiver, and once the season starts the true competition begins. Who do you think will step in as the Cowboys third guy: Holmes, Ogletree, Harris, or Beasley?