Last year, Kevin Ogletree became the No. 3 receiver in Dallas. It didn’t work out, not like it had the prior year for Laurent Robinson.
So Ogletree is now in Tampa, jumping to a Florida team under far different circumstances than Robinson, who had parlayed one season as the third man on the Cowboys’ depth chart into a big-money deal with the Jaguars. As explained by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Ogletree currently is battling for the top spot behind clear-cut starters Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams.
To win the job, Ogletree will have to beat out Tiquan Underwood, David Douglas, and Chris Owusu.
Assisting Ogletree’s cause is the presence of his position coach in Dallas. Like Ogletree, John Garrett was unwanted by the Cowboys after the 2012 season. (Unlike Ogletree, Garrett is the brother of the head coach who’s still in Dallas.) They’re now together again with the Bucs.
But even if Ogletree wins the job, it doesn’t automatically mean he’ll be the slot receiver.
“Our offense is so different than other ones — there’s not really one person who’s the slot receiver,” Ogletree said. “We’re in and out. We’ve got guys mixing in. There will be weeks where we’ll be looking at one matchup and having a guy lined up at (a certain) place. Being versatile and being able to play inside or outside really helps me.”
Last year, Ogletree looked like a keeper in place of Robinson, catching eight passes for 116 yards and his first two career touchdowns in a season-christening win over the defending-champion Giants. But that end up being one fourth of his total catches for the season, more than one fourth of his total yards, and half of his touchdowns.
This year, if Ogletree secures the spot, he’ll need to do more to hold it for more than one season.