IRVING -- When the season started, Kevin Ogletree was the Cowboys' No. 3 receiver.
After four weeks, Ogletree has been surpassed on the depth chart by Laurent Robinson.
Ogletree has struggled this season and described his play as "very average ... very average."
He's got just eight catches for 94 yards, with six of those catches going for first downs. He also has two receptions for more than 20 yards.
Robinson caught seven passes for 116 yards in the Cowboys' loss to the Detroit Lions last week. In just two games, Robinson, a five-year veteran, has 10 catches for 165 yards.
When opportunities present themselves, young players must take advantage. After Tuesday's light practice at Valley Ranch, one player said nobody should "complain about playing time."
Ogletree can't, but he understands that he needs to keep working with Robinson ahead of him. And with Miles Austin's expected return from a hamstring injury for the New England Patriots game next week, Ogletree's playing time could be reduced even more.
Against the Lions, Robinson started alongside Dez Bryant with Austin out. Unofficially, Ogletree played 23 snaps vs. the Lions; Robinson was in on 53.
"You compete ... you deal with it," Ogletree said of Robinson moving ahead of him. "You don't even blink. You go out there and work hard and you just try to do something. Show up on special teams more. Obviously I know what type of receiver I am. When those chances come around, which I'm sure they will, just help your team out. We got a real strong team, really deep group at wide receiver. We'll be helping each other out."
Some of Ogletree's problems have ranged from a fumble and causing an interception by stopping during the middle of a deep route. Ogletree has good plays as evident by catching two passes for 20 or more yards.
"It disappoints me that we're average right now and that I'm average right now," he said. "But we all know how good we are as players or we wouldn't be here. We got some work ahead of us. It's a real long season. We're all excited about these next 12 weeks and what it brings. As a player on this team, I couldn't be more excited about the challenges in front of me."