Editor's Note: Throughout the off-season, DallasCowboys.com staff writers will take a closer look at the roster, analyzing players’ impact last season and how each fits into the team's 2014 plans. Today's Roster Rundown entry features wide receiver/returner
Name: Dwayne Harris
Position: Wide Receiver
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 207
Experience: 3 seasons
College: East Carolina
Key stat: Harris finished in the top three in the league in both punt return average (12.8 yards) and kick return average (30.6 yards).
Contract Status: Signed through 2014
2013 Impact: There are plenty of players on this Cowboys squad that get special attention for their ability but if you took a poll of the one player that might be the most valuable to the team in what he does on a weekly basis, Dwayne Harris would get a strong share of those votes. One of the most valuable lessons that I learned from Bill Parcells while he was coaching here, was when I take this player to the game, how many plays is he going to give me? Harris could have played for Parcells because he gives you plenty of plays in all areas of the game plus he is one of the toughest guys on the team. He is a tone setter. There are times where you can see the team feed off his toughness. Guys like
Where He Fits: The question is where do you not play him? There are times where as a personnel man that you worry about putting too much on a player because the more he does, the more his game struggles. Dwayne Harris is just the opposite, the more you give him the better he plays. I do not expect these coaches to back off in how they use him. He is a load the wagon guy and as long as they can keep him healthy, he should play every opportunity that they can get him on the field. He is a great example how as a player you should approach your job and the impact that you can have on these games with your play. He is going to play well wherever you play him which makes him a great fit in a lot of areas.
Rowan Kavner: It would be impossible right now to find a more well-rounded special teams player in the league than Dwayne Harris. As the team’s primary returner in both kicks and punts, Harris was a threat to take it back every time. He also would have finished as the team’s leading special teams tackler had he not missed three games. Instead, he finished just one behind