Tony Romo said it was trust, and Ogletree has earned it.
“His whole job is to make me feel comfortable he’s going to be in the exact spot I’m going to need him to be at that time,” Romo said Friday in an interview on 1310 AM The Ticket. “And he’s done a really good job of that.”
Ogletree caught eight passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns Wednesday night, including a 13-yard catch for a first down on third-and-long that let the Cowboys run out the clock.
Romo said he noticed a different receiver when he saw Ogletree in the offseason this year.
“He’s always had the ability. He just needed to make it important every day,” Romo said. “It’s easy when you’re the fourth, fifth, sixth guy. You can kind of get lost and say, ‘Well, I’m just going to try to get through the day’ when you’re tired in training camp. Kevin recharges his batteries every single day and made it important that he was going to go out there and make today his best day, and he was going to keep trying to win the day. That’s one thing that he really did a great job that I saw. His approach to the game was better than any other year.”
Romo continued, talking generally about work habits he likes.
“It just comes down to character,” he said. “Not only with these guys that are battling for position. Sometimes it’s a battle. But if you make a play or two, you gain that confidence. Then all of a sudden you feel and you know you can do it the next time. And the next time it’s easier. But the only way to do that is to fight through those hard times, you know? Commit to it. To say I’m going to stay up later, I’m going to do what I need to do to study so I don’t make that one mistake tomorrow on that one motion, when I’m supposed to be at this amount on my depth, or this is my snap point.”
-- Carlos Mendez