It should be apparent by now that the Dallas Cowboys have a third receiver on their roster. After the Cowboys’ faced off against the Saint Louis Rams Wednesday night, everyone who watched was astonished by Dwayne Harris breathtaking performance. He finished the night with three receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and now it appears he has booked the third receiver position.
This preseason, Harris leads all Dallas receivers in both yards and touchdowns. Furthermore, he is one of the top five receivers in the NFL and has unmasked a total of eight receptions for 173 yards and three touchdowns. At this point he appears to be the perfect fit for the number three receiver spot; the only potential competition is Kevin Ogletree and Cole Beasley.
Ogletree is the more experienced of the bunch. He is in his 4th year with the Cowboys, but has failed to live up to the expectations that Dallas had for him. He has had a good couple of preseason games, with a total of ten receptions for 147 yards and zero touchdowns. Ogletree missed an opportunity Saturday against the Rams where he dropped a pass that could have easily resulted in a touchdown.
As for Beasley, he has had a very productive preseason as well. Beasley has ten receptions for 144 yards and zero touchdowns. Standing at 5’8, he is an ideal size for a slot receiver; his height allows him to be quick on his feet and hard to tackle. The problem with Beasley is the very thing that makes him effective in the slot, his size. Although, his size is ideal for a slot receiver, he is not a big target on the outside. He would be unable to fill in the outside roll if either Miles Austin or Dez Bryant would to go down with injuries.
In the end there is only one receiver that can fill the role of a slot receiver as well as being versatile enough to be an outside threat, Dwayne Harris. He has shown more potential than the other receivers with his breakout game against a questionable Rams defense. Although the Rams defense is lacking in talent they do have two solid Cornerbacks, Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins, that Harris fared well against. He should be in the mix during the season opener against the New York Giants, but only time will tell if Harris will be getting a majority of his snaps as the third receiver.