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November 07, 2012

Garrett says Ogletree can help himself by catching the ball with his hands -- 'pluck it' -- and not his body

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett isn’t necessarily down on Kevin Ogletree, but he does think the receiver can work on catching the ball with his hands more than his body.

“Getting his hands away from his body and pluck it,” Garrett said Wednesday at Valley Ranch.

That was a problem for him on a dropped third-down pass that would have been a conversion for the Cowboys against Atlanta.

“He hurt his finger a few weeks ago, and sometimes that causes you to do something maybe a little bit different,” Garrett said. “But really, he just has to get his hands out and catch the football. He’s shown he can do that.”

Ogletree has 24 catches for 344 yards and three touchdowns, his most productive year since making the Cowboys as an undrafted rookie in 2009. Garrett said Ogletree, who has been targeted 41 plays, is making plays – noting the 65-yard catch on third-and-20 and the touchdown catch against the Falcons – but that he needs to be consistently reliable.

“He’s doing some good things. He has to continue to be more consistent,” Garrett said. “Really, as much as anything else, it’s not his production, it’s his ability to take advantage of opportunities when he gets them. And he’s done that for the most part. There are some opportunities that he hasn’t take advantage of. He’s just got to get better at that.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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