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June 15, 2012

Dwayne Harris, better versed in playbook, expects tough competition for receiver spots in training camp

Dwayne Harris said he expects a tough competition for the receiver spots in training camp.

The second-year receiver, a sixth-round pick out of East Carolina a year ago, is in the running with Kevin Ogletree, Andre Holmes, Raymond Radway and Danny Coale, at a minimum, for the third, fourth and fifth receiver spots, if the Cowboys keep that many.

But the Cowboys will also have three undrafted rookies in camp, Donavon Kemp, Tim Benford and Saalim Hakim.

That’s a lot of competition for three spots behind Miles Austin and Dez Bryant.

“It’s going to be tough,” he said Thursday at Cowboys Stadium after the final minicamp practice of the offseason. “Everybody wants a roster spot. Everybody wants to show the coaches what they can do. I wouldn’t expect anybody to come out here and not give their all. It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be fun.”

Harris allowed himself a bit of a smile at that thought. He’s already been through a training camp and won a job. He did it last year, making the team after averaging 23 yards on six catches in the preseason, including a 76-yard touchdown.

This year, he’ll have more of a head start, thanks to the OTAs and minicamp he didn’t have last year.

“Every day I got a little better, progressed every day,” he said. “My knowledge of the playbook got better every day. I think just the whole offseason helped out a lot. Last year, we didn’t have this much time to learn the playbook. It was harder for the rookies coming in. I think this year made it easier for everybody.”

Harris did not catch a pass in the regular season last year. He returned 15 punts and eight kickoffs. His 28.9 average on kickoff returns led the team.

-- Carlos Mendez

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How is Saalim Hakim doing? Seems every team wanted to sign him but haven't heard much about his progress.

I'm pulling for Harris to win that third receiver spot. This kid has skills if Garrett gives him a chance to perform.

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