Cowboys WR Battle Update After 2 Preseason Games

UPDATE 8/26: WR Battle after 3 games.

A weekly update of the wide receivers who are competing to join Austin and Bryant.  The Dallas Cowboys will likely be only able to keep 3 or perhaps 4 of these guys on the 53 man roster. After two preseason games, the top 3 WRs Ogletree, Beasley and Harris have pulled away from the pack a little however these three WRs are very close amongst each other. No movers this week as I keep them the same as last week.

I believe either Ogletree or Beasley will win the wide receiver battle in next week’s preseason game with the Rams.

PRESEASON TOTALS:

Beasley- 7 catches 104 yards

Benford- 1 catch 9 yards

Harris- 5 catches 55 yards 1 TD

Holmes- 5 catches 46 yards

Ogletree- 5 catches 72 yards

MY WR RANKINGS

1. Kevin Ogletree (last week 1.): Ogletree caught a 35 yard pass from Orton in the first half against the Chargers to set up the Cowboys first TD of the season. That’s the kind of play making ability that we were looking for from him and it solidifies his spot at the top of the list for now. Ogletree had 4 catches for 60 yards. If the regular season were to begin tomorrow, I think Ogletree would be the 3rd starting WR.

2. Cole Beasley (last week 2): Last week I said we need to see Beasley make some catches in a game and he came through in the Chargers game with 7 catches and 104 receiving yards. Those numbers were good enough to lead all WRs. While Beasley has the best totals of the WRs in this competition, all of his productivity came in one game so we want to see more consistency. Beasley trails Ogletree by a very small margin.

3. Dwayne Harris (last week 3.): Harris made a really nice catch in traffic for a TD from Carpenter late in the Chargers game. He finished the game with 4 catches and 42 yards. Harris also had a punt return for 16 yards in the game and in my view, Harris represents the best option as punt returner for the Cowboys. His ability to return kicks along with his productivity as a WR make Harris a player Dallas must have on the roster.

4. Andre Holmes (last week 4.): After his big first preseason game, Holmes only had 2 catches for 6 yards in the second game. Consistency, a word Garrett is big on, will be a big factor in which WRs make the final cut. Holmes has demonstrated the ability to be a good NFL WR but still he appears to be developing and may not be quite ready yet.

5. Tim Benford (last week 5): While Benford was certainly giving a nice effort out there Saturday night, he just couldn’t seem to get open. On one pass McGee led him to the sideline too much and Benford made a real nice attempt to catch the bad throw but no catch. With only one catch the entire preseason, Benford is very much on the bubble. A solid looking prospect who may need time to develop on the practice squad for a year. I hope Dallas is able to keep him in the organization.

6. Raymond Radway (last week 6): No catches again this week. He did return a kickoff for 26 yards which wasn’t bad but not spectacular. Radway just hasn’t made a case for making the roster at all yet.

7.  Danny Coale (last week 7): Danny didn’t play as coaches are slowly easing him back into action after a broken foot. An approach that I agree with however it’s difficult to rank him if he doesn’t see any action. It may be best for Danny to slowly ease back into things and seek playing time later in the season.

8. Kemp and Hakim: Are these two still on the team?

Previous week rankings

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2 thoughts on “Cowboys WR Battle Update After 2 Preseason Games

  1. The #3 WR spot has been Ogletree’s to lose and he appears to be doing just enough to hang on to the job. But both the coaches and we fans have noticed the performance of Cole Beasley in camp–and then he shows up with 7 catches for over 100 yds in Sat. night’s game at SD! He has also demonstrated that he can contribute on special teams fielding & returning punts–as has Dwayne Harris. Meanwhile draft-choice WR Danny Coale hasn’t even had a chance to show what he can do yet. The coaches have just 2 more preseason games to sort it out…

  2. A lot to be determined in the next couple weeks. Who will be #3 WR and what to do with Danny Coale? Even if they keep 6 WRs, some tough deceisions to be made. I’m convinced Beasley will make the roster but is he ready to start? Some of his nice productivity Sat.night was against 2nd and 3rd string guys.

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