This time last season, receiver Kevin Ogletree was emerging as a preseason stud and making a name for himself among surprised fans. The undrafted free agent won a spot on the 53-man roster and, toward the end of the season, showed some serious promise. So much so, in fact, that when Jerry Jones suggested this offseason that Ogletree had better stay on the right track, the remarks seemed to come from left field.
Why single out Ogletree of all people? Was this not the man who took an outside shot with Dallas, and worked his way to a roster spot?
Then, maybe Jerry knew something we didn’t.
Reports from San Antonio had the UVA product phoning it in to some degree during practice, and his production thus far in the preseason has been starkly disappointing. His shaky performance in the Hall of Fame game bled over into last night’s 17-6 loss against Oakland.
Ogletree caught just one of five passes thrown his way on Thursday, and had at least two drops. The other chances were highly contested, so you can’t rightly fault the second-year receiver, but his performance on the whole was lackluster, nothing like the spitfire rookie in camp last season.
Ogletree also had two kick returns for 48 yards, but this number is skewed a bit. 25 of those yards came on his first attempt; on his second, Ogletree took the ball deep in the end zone and came out in an ill-conceived chance at a return. He made it to the Dallas ten before being wrangled by Oakland defenders.
Now it would be presumptuous to suggest that Ogletree believes he has a roster spot locked up; he may just be having a rough start to camp. But we can tell you with fair certainty that he does not.
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