OXNARD, Calif. – Kevin Ogletree struggled in San Antonio. His first two preseason games weren’t pretty, either.
“There are some things that he needs to clean up and he knows that, but I like the effort that he’s giving out on the field,” receivers coach Ray Sherman said. “I think he’s a good football player. I’ve just got to keep bringing him along, keep working with him where he can be consistent.”
Ogletree had an outstanding training camp and preseason last summer, when he earned a roster spot as an undrafted rookie. He appears to have regressed.
Ogletree has caught only three of 12 passes thrown to him this preseason. He had a pair of drops against the Raiders, a continuation of a problem that he had during practices at the Alamodome.
The Cowboys still believe Ogletree has great potential. It’d be stunning if he didn’t make the 53-man roster. But he needs to be much better to convince the coaches to trust him enough to play a significant role this season.
Sherman, who rarely criticizes his players for public consumption, hopes Ogletree is just going over a speed bump in his development.
“I think he hit a little plateau,” Sherman said. “I think he had more success the first camp. He caught on pretty good. He worked very hard this offseason. He’s in the best shape he’s ever been in, and he was getting more reps.
“I think sometimes a young guy may hit a little wall. But I like his attitude. I like his work ethic. We’ve just got to keep working with him and bringing him along, but I think he’s going to be fine.”