The injury news continues to haunt the Dallas Cowboys, but in this case I don’t think it’s such a bad thing. With all reports of Kevin Ogletree being out for tomorrow’s game against the Washington Redskins with a concussion, the Cowboys third wide receiver spot will fall on the shoulders of Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley.
This is the opportunity many Cowboys fans have been waiting for, a chance for either Harris or Beasley to step up and become more than role players. I, for one, am very excited to see expanded playing time for Cole Beasley. If you’ve been paying close attention though, we already have.
Beasley has gotten snaps in the last three games and last week he was on the field for a season-high 21 offensive plays against the Cleveland Browns. He’s also caught a pass in three consecutive games and while it isn’t outstanding production, it is a nice start for a rookie who’s just beginning to see the field.
Harris’ playing time has also been on the rise and we know he’s been making a nice contribution as a punt returner but he’s also caught a few passes on the season.
I’m guessing I’m not the only one who’s been wanting to see less Kevin Ogletree and more Beasley and Harris. Well, more Beasley than Harris, but I think both have the opportunity to make plays. Ogletree’s game is too inconsistent and if there’s one thing I know Beasley can do, it’s catch the ball.
I’ll admit, I’m looking at this injury as a blessing in disguise for the Cowboys and I am really excited to see what Cole Beasley can do. We shouldn’t expect great numbers but I believe Beasley can make plays to help this team, this season and going forward.
I wrote earlier this week how the Cowboys need to play for now but with a focus on the future and this is exactly the type of thing I wan to see. Sometimes it takes an injury to find out what you have, just ask Miles Austin. He needed an injury to Roy Williams so his career could take off. I’m not comparing the two players, I’m comparing the opportunity.
The loss of any player who plays the amount of snaps that Ogletree does is going to hurt the Cowboys because they are thin at wide receiver. However, I don’t think there will be a difference in the production of Ogletree compared to Beasley and Harris.
We’ll see how it all turns out tomorrow but my Thanksgiving just got a little bit better.
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