Position battle: Kevin Ogletree still ranks as top reserve WR

OXNARD, Calif. -- A week and a half, not a whole lot has changed in the competition to be the Cowboys’ third receiver.

Several guys among the army of receivers whose next NFL catch will be their first have shown flashes. However, Kevin Ogletree still ranks as the team’s top reserve.

“He’s piling a couple of days together here that are really good,” passing game coordinator John Garrett said. “He really has outstanding speed and quickness, and he has a unique ability to get off the line of scrimmage. Those things are showing up.

“The thing with Kevin is just continuing to improve and the ability to master the offense -- all the different routes, all the different positions -- and he’s showing he can do that.”

Sound familiar? Yep, we heard the same things about Ogletree last summer.

Ogletree had the most productive year of his career with 15 catches for 164 yards, but that was a pretty major disappointment after being given a prominent role at the beginning of the season. Laurent Robinson moved ahead of Ogletree on the depth chart after Ogletree made several mental busts in the Week 3 win over the Redskins.

You get the feeling the coaches want to see Andre Holmes claim the job, but that certainly hasn't happened yet. His route running is too often sloppy, and Holmes has had several drops.

Dwayne Harris, Danny Coale, Tim Benford, Raymond Radway and Cole Beasley remain in the running for the role. The Cowboys don’t care whether their third receiver is suited to play in the slot or outside because Miles Austin can play any of the receiver spots.

“We have freedom because of Miles’ versatility,” coach Jason Garrett said, “so really what we’re looking for is the best player.”