With the final game of the preseason just days away, and the start of the regular season growing closer and closer, the Cowboys have soon got to make a decision as to who the fifth (and likely final) wide receiver will be. The “active” competition for the slot is between third year veteran Isaiah Stanback and rookie free agent Kevin Ogletree.
Based on pure stats the decision would be a definite no brainer to most sane individuals, but somehow there is still a question. In three preseason games Stanback has recorded 1 reception for 1 yard (which he promptly fumbled away) and 6 kick returns for 127 yards (21.2 per attempt). Ogletree on the other hand has recorded 5 receptions for 73 yards, two of which were key 3rd down catches working with the 1st team offense, and 1 TD. In the return game Ogletree has 5 returns for 142 yards or 28.4 yards per return (Team high).
The problem that the Cowboys have with making the clear decision is the fact that they already have two full seasons invested in Stanback and he is full of potential with good speed, a big frame, and good strength. The problem I have with that thought is that for two years his name has rarely come off the injury report, and he has virtually no production on the field.
Now the kicker to this whole thing is special teams, more importantly kickoffs. The concern the Cowboys have is that a player that far down on the depth chart will inevitably have to run down the field and make tackles on kickoff coverage units. Funny thing about that is that while Ogletree has yet to record a tackle this preseason, Stanback has yet to record a tackle in his entire professional career.
If the decision were mine, then there would be no question as to which wide receiver would take that presumed fifth and final spot on the depth chart, Kevin Ogletree. It seems that all the questions are regarding Stanback’ potential, however it seems nobody is looking at the potential of the rookie free agent. Simply put, Ogltree has more receptions, yards, and touchdowns in three preseason games, than Stanback has in three years. Realistically, what is there to decide? What do you think?