Who is this guy?

Kevin Ogletree is not exactly a well known name in the National Football League, but he showed he might turn into a pleasant surprise in the NFL season opener last Wednesday night.

He caught a game-high 8 passes for 114 yards and 2 TD’s in the Dallas Cowboys 24-17 against the New York Giants. He was a key reason they won the game as Romo  was looking for him (11 passes thrown his way, Dez Bryant 5 times) and found him often.

Was Ogletree taking advantage of a suspect and injured secondary? Or was he simply getting his 15 minutes of fame?

You might be asking yourself who he is and that’s certainly understandable. He was undrafted in 2009, but he was quickly signed by Dallas. He ended up playing in 11 games, catching just 7 passes. However, he has pretty much been just filling out a roster spot until Wednesday night. His previous career high in a game was 2 catches for 50 yards on September 11th, 2011 against the San Francisco 49ers.

He runs a 4.46 40 yard dash time, so he has speed and that is what has kept him employed so far in the League. He’s in his 4th season and his best season was last year when he caught just 15 passes in 14 games. However, sometimes you just need an opportunity and it came knocking this offseason. After losing Laurent Robinson to the Jacksonville Jaguars (5 years and 32 million after caching 54 passes for 848 yards and 11 TD’s) as a free agent, the Cowboys had to be concerned who was going to fill the 3rd wide receiver role. Preseason stats aren’t the best judge of talent, but Ogletree stepped up and had a couple good games, securing the position (4 catches for 60 yards and 5 catches for 75 yards). He flashed his speed with a 35 yard reception.

With Tony Romo slinging the ball to Miles Austin, Bryant, and Jason Witten and DeMarco Murray running the ball, Ogletree might be the Cowboys secret weapon when Dallas decides to go with 3 WR’s. It’s possible he will lose some touches when Witten starts to play better (he caught just 2 passes vs the Giants) and get more passes thrown his way. But, if Ogletree can continue to produce for the Cowboys, he might be in line for a significant raise from his current 1 year deal worth $640,000.

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  1. He’s also a native of New York City (Queens to be exact) and he was a productive receiver for the University of Virginia.

    Good blog, DJ and I think Ogletree will step up for the Cowboys and out of anonymity just like Miles Austin did for the Cowboys a few seasons ago.

  2. If Ogletree can keep producing at the level he did in the Cowboys-Giants game all season, then he can write his own ticket. I look for Romo to throw more towards him than Witten or the others.

    Good read and evaluation DJ.

  3. Ogletree seems like the next hidden gem in the Cowboys passing game, kind of like Miles Austin when he broke out against the Packers in 2008. He might not break out until next season, if he follows a similar path, but he could be a potential star in the making.

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