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With Dez Bryant and Miles Austin out, the Cowboys looked slim at receiver. Dwayne Harris and Kevin Ogletree got the start, with rookie Cole Beasley playing in the slot.
They didn’t disappoint.
Dwayne Harris exploded this game and showed what kind of receiver he can be. He displayed excellent speed and disciplined route-running. Harris scored two touchdowns, from 38 yards and 61 yards, and seems to have locked up his roster spot.
Most impressive was his 38-yard touchdown, where he ran right through the gap between the corner and safety and scampered all the way down the sideline.
Cole Beasley looked comfortable all game. He simply looked smooth when running routes. The Rams had trouble staying with him, and they allowed him to make catches all over the place.
Beasley is every bit of the high-reception slot receiver that people believe he is. He proved on Saturday that he’s a viable option against any defense and could be a good player looking forward.
Kevin Ogletree might have actually been a loser tonight, but I didn’t have the heart to put him there. Ogletree wasn’t explosive, but he looked extremely consistent. On one particular play, he was able to get off press coverage with a smooth stutter-step and was wide open along the sideline for a big gain.
The third receiver position is his to lose, but some of his snaps might have been lost Saturday night because of big play elsewhere.