Kevin Ogletree: Trying Hard Or Hardly Trying?

I don’t know where this is coming from and how much of it just overblown, but I came across an article on ESPN.com that took a swipe at Kevin Ogletree’s character.

Tim MacMahon believes that the Kevin Ogletree, who kept making plays a year ago in the Alamodome when he was fighting for a roster spot, no longer has that same sense of urgency in this training camp.

The Cowboys still like Ogletree’s potential and believe he was a steal as an undrafted free agent. He showed his promise by making plays in a limited role as a rookie. Other than Dez Bryant, there might not be a more explosive receiver on the roster. He will be on the 53-man roster.

However, if Ogletree wants a significant role this season, he better flip the switch soon.

Ogletree has dropped too many balls this camp. He has failed to fight for the ball too many times. An example came on a crossing route during Thursday morning’s practice, when he allowed undrafted rookie cornerback Bryan McCann to knock the ball out of his hands.

MacMahon also says that he has Cowboys sources that are saying Ogletree has a sense of entitlement. That may or may not be true, but sometimes confidence in one’s abilities can be mistaken for a sense of urgency.

I don’t mind seeing a little swagger on the team, and would especially love to see that among some of the veterans.

The article concludes by saying that Ogletree doesn’t appear to have the right attitude. Really? One week into training camp and we’re already making judgment calls?

Needless to say, I disagree with MacMahon on this one, and I’d advise him to let the rest of training camp play out before calling someone out.

Comments
  1. Rob V.

    I heard that Ogletree was not tucking the ball away in practice even when he had a clear path into the end zone. Also some of the DBs were knocking the ball out of his hands once he was in the end zone. Ray Sherman the wide receivers coach took Ogletree to the side and had some words with him as far as tucking the ball away no matter where on the field he is. That is what I read this week. Hey, it’s the Cowboys and it’s been quiet. Someone needs to say something that is negative. I have no worries and not because I’m hanging from the Olgtree branches. LOL

  2. Derek

    I dont mind reporting like this. We are trying to bring home a Super Bowl this year and if players are not trying their hardest to make it happen, call them out or cut them. Thats what Jimmy Johnson did. We cannot afford to underachieve this season.

  3. Nate the Cowboy Ninja

    Tree will be fine. If he shores this up, he will be receiver #6 on the final 53 man roster. austin, williams, bryant, crayton, hurd, ogletree

  4. Riggs

    Right, call them out and make them perform to the standards or get someone in there who will, its that simple, Cowboys CANNOT mess around with half assers this season.

  5. txjane

    I agree with Riggs !!! Play hard or stay home!!