Dallas Cowboys' Dwayne Harris Caught in Odd Situation

By Jake Carapella


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When the Dallas Cowboys took Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams with their third-round selection in last month’s NFL draft, the move could have easily been seen as puzzling to many fans.

That is because last season for the Cowboys, second-year receiver Dwayne Harris came into his own, and many people were of the belief that, given his speed and big playmaking ability – that was most on display in Dallas’ Week 10 victory at the Philadelphia Eagles, where Harris returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown in what ultimately was the deciding play in that game – that Harris would enter 2013 as the team’s third wide receiver.

But fast forward to June, and Harris finds himself in a precarious situation to say the least, going mano e mano with Williams to determine who will be behind Dez Bryant and Miles Austin on the Cowboys’ depth chart.

Maybe the Cowboys want to use Harris primarily as a punt returner, where he was pretty good last season, averaging 16.1 yards per return while adding one touchdown. But the East Carolina product doesn’t seem ready to just hand over the position to the Cowboys’ newest wide out.

Speaking with SportsDay-Dallas Fort-Worth during OTA’s in late May, Harris said, “Every year, you have to fight for your job … when you see a receiver get drafted, you just have to go out there and do your job. Everybody has to work for what they want, so I guess that’s what it is”.

Relative to what some pass catchers might say in Harris’ situation, especially young ones, he seems to have a good approach to the situation — not too conceded to say that he should be the one holding down the position outright, but yet confident that if he does what he needs to do, he will be the third man on that depth chart come opening Sunday.

Awkward situation or not, he seems prepared to work to win the position. It will be interesting to see how the situation plays out over the summer.

Jake Carapella is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JKCSports1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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