ARLIGNTON, Texas - Since the beginning of training camp, the third receiver spot has been Kevin Ogletree's position to lose. His performance in camp and through the first three preseason games has been enough for him to hold on to that spot, but performances like Dwayne Harris' 118 yard, two-touchdown outing on Saturday night show that Ogletree's spot is anything but guaranteed.
Ogletree admits himself that he does not expect the spot to simply be handed to him.
"I didn't have that sense of entitlement," Ogletree said. "I just had a worker's mentality which has kind of been my main focus and just coming to work."
While Harris' two huge plays caught everyone's attention, Ogletree's five receptions were more than any player in Saturday's game. Ogletree had 75 receiving yards and his activity did not go unnoticed by team owner Jerry Jones.
"I thought Ogletree did what he does well," Jones said. "We know his position: flexibility. He can play them all."
Head coach, Jason Garrett is also very aware of the positive attributes that Ogletree brings to the table.
"I think he's shown that he can make contested plays and do a nice job as both an inside guy or an outside guy and run a variety of routes," Garrett said.
Ogletree has worked with the starters for most of camp with Miles Austin nursing a hamstring injury. And with Dez Bryant (knee tendinitis) also likely out until the season opener, Ogletree continues to get plenty of reps with Tony Romo and the first unit.
"It feels good … I feel good about the preseason thus far," Ogletree said. "Guys have been getting opportunities to make some plays and they're making the most of it."
Ogletree is included there, considering he caught four passes for 60 yards in last week's game against the Chargers, including a long pass over the middle that set up a touchdown.