A little less than year ago, then-rookie receiver Dwayne Harris looked like he might have been a steal when the Cowboys’ landed him out of East Carolina in the sixth round of the draft. Harris recorded six catches in the preseason for an average of 23 yards per, and caught a 76-yard touchdown pass.
In the regular season, Harris disappeared, at least in terms of receiving. Limited to being a return man, he didn’t record a catch all year. But in 2012, Harris will have a shot at a receiving gig--perhaps even the no. 3 receiver job--and he believes that having a true offseason (which he wasn’t afforded in his rookie year) will only help his chances of making an impact on offense.
“Every day I got a little better, progressed every day,” Harris said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “My knowledge of the playbook got better every day. I think just the whole offseason helped out a lot. Last year, we didn’t have this much time to learn the playbook. It was harder for the rookies coming in. I think this year made it easier for everybody.”
However, Harris--who will compete with Kevin Ogletree, Andre Holmes, Raymond Radway and 2012 fifth round pick Danny Coale for a job--knows training camp will be a battle.
“It’s going to be tough. Everybody wants a roster spot,” he said. “Everybody wants to show the coaches what they can do. I wouldn’t expect anybody to come out here and not give their all. It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be fun.”
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