Stat Line Of The Night — 9/5/12 — Kevin Ogletree
Entering yesterday’s 2012 NFL season opener against the New York Giants, much of the talk surrounding the Dallas Cowboys was regarding the availability of their receivers. Would Jason Witten be able to suit up despite suffering a serious spleen injury during the preseason? Would Miles Austin’s injured hamstring prevent him from making an impact? And would Dez Bryant be able to stay out of trouble long enough to play in the game? Well it appears as though none of these questions really mattered all that much, because it wasn’t Austin, Bryant or Witten who were leading the Cowboys’ receiving corps on this night. Instead, it was the relatively unknown Kevin Ogletree.
The 25-year-old undrafted receiver out of Virginia entered last night’s game with a total of 25 receptions for 294 yards and zero touchdowns through three seasons, but he broke out in a big way on opening night, as his eight receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns helped spoil the defending Super Bowl Champions’ home opener, as the Cowboys escaped MetLife Stadium with a 24-17 victory.
Unfortunately, I could have taken Ogletree in one of my big fantasy football leagues, but with seven receivers already on my roster, I didn’t take him. Instead, I told a fellow league member to take him with his last pick in the draft, advising him that “Ogletree could be this year’s Laurent Robinson, seeing as how he plays behind one oft-injured receiver, and another oft-troubled receiver.” I guess that’s the last time I give an opponent some fantasy advise, as Ogletree earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, August 5, 2012.
And on a side note, Tony Romo was pretty good too, completing 22-of-29 passes for 307 yards, three touchdowns and just one interception.