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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