If you are like me you were really excited for the opportunity to see, second year wideout, Kevin Ogletree get more playing time. Overshadowed by the arrival of first round pick Dez Bryant, hopes were high for the receiver out of Virgina as he entered his second season with the Cowboys.
Ogletree provided many sparks last year, and, although he wasn’t a stand out many people saw the speed he had and the potential he displayed. Ogletree only brought in 7 receptions for 96 yards last year, but everyone could see he had good hands and great speed.
This year was supposed to be a break out season for Ogletree, but he found himself inactive for 8 of the first 13 games. Bryant had taken the attention away from him and Ogletree struggled in training camp and the preseason. He found himself at the bottom of the depth chart when the season started. He managed to grab his first reception last week against the Eagles and went 3 receptions for 34 yards and a key first down in the game.
Late in the third quarter Ogletree was returning a kickoff and was tackled out of bounds. He got up slowly and limped to the Cowboys bench and never returned to the game. Ogletree had hurt his toe and after x-rays revealed no break, Ogletree is still scheduled to go in for surgery this week effectively ending his season. The Cowboys will place him on injured reserve to free up a roster spot.
The injury to Ogletree opens the door for the man he beat out of a roster spot the last two season. Manny Johnson, a second year man out of Oklahoma that the Cowboys drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft, will get a chance to prove himself on the big stage. He will take Ogletree’s receiver spot, likely fourth behind Sam Hurd, and may even get a chance to return some kickoffs.
As for Ogletree, he will have to wait until next year to show us his “potential”.