Name: Dwayne Harris
Position: Wide Receiver
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 200
Experience: 2 seasons
College: East Carolina
Key stat: Harris only had a half a season to return punts after taking over for
Contract Status: Signed through 2014.
2012 Impact: To be really honest, I wasn’t sure where Dwayne Harris fit in the plans for the 2012 season post draft. His 2011 didn’t show the promise that I had observed in his college tape at East Carolina but it was during the OTA’s and mini camps, he appeared to be quicker and physically in much better shape. His training camp earned him the right to be one of the 53 and when given the opportunity, he took full advantage of that. It started on special teams with his ability not only as a cover guy but in the return game as well. He had a 14 yard punt return against the Giants at Cowboys Stadium that opened the door for him. Then the following two weeks, he averaged 30 yards a return on five punts but it was in the Washington game on Thanksgiving when the receiver group took a hit losing
2013 Where He Fits: There were so many questions before the 2012 season of who would step up and be the third receiver on this team. The job was initially
Rowan Kavner – The more Harris became enveloped in the punt return game, the more his looks as a receiver increased as well. He didn’t have a catch through the first 10 weeks of the season but finished the year with 17 catches for 222 yards and a touchdown, to go along with his punt returns and 11 kickoff returns. He had at least one catch in each of his last seven games, and stayed on the field during some of the more crucial drives of the season. He developed a rapport with Tony Romo as a possession receiver who could make defenders miss. If he can demonstrate that elusive ability, sure-handedness and a knack for running crisp routes on a consistent basis, it’s feasible he could compete not only for a third receiver spot, but a second receiver spot as well. Regardless how many snaps he get, Harris will be a factor and will see playing time next season.