Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dwayne Harris (17) dives for the game winning touchdown in the fourth quarter against Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels (35) at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Vikings 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

WR Profile and Projection: Dallas Cowboy Dwayne Harris

Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dwayne Harris (17) prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

With only a month to go until the NFL Draft, it seems like a good time to review the roster and assess the WR situation. Miles Austin’s departure leaves the Cowboys in an interesting position heading into the 2014.

Today we continue daily profiles of the Dallas Cowboys’ WR unit. In the end we hope to answer the following questions:

Do the Cowboys need to bring in a reliable veteran to fill Miles Austin’s shoes? Is Terrance Williams able to fill Austin’s shoes as the #2 WR? If Dez Bryant is lost to injury will the Cowboys be able to survive? Who on the current roster is most likely to breakout in 2014?

Look for those answers next week. We will start at the top of the depth chart and move down as the week progresses. Today we take a look at Dwayne Harris.

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 207

Age: 26

NFL Seasons: 3

2013 Receiving Statistics: 9 Receptions / 80 yards / 2 TDs

Despite the extremely modest receiving numbers Dwayne Harris was an important cog in the Dallas Cowboy machine. Over his career Harris has established himself as a feared punt returner, able to take it the distance at any time. Harris is solidly built and able to withstand glancing blows in space without losing his feet (something most punt returners can’t claim).

As a receiver Harris plays best in the middle of the field primarily running shorter slant routes. Harris has had most success out of the Y or Z Receiver spots which focus more on shorter routes.  Running deep routes or sideline routes, Harris’ smaller stature works against him and all too often he find himself lost.

2014: Harris has established himself on the team as the top return man and special teams ace. He ranks near the top of the league in most categories and is sure to secure a roster spot in 2014. As a receiver he is somewhat limited fitting in best as a situational or #4 receiver. On a team that likes to feature TEs often Harris should not be pressured to do much more than he has already.

Still, with the injury history of Dez Bryant, it’s perfectly reasonable to assume Harris will be needed from occasionally to step up and make plays as a receiver.

2014 Projection: 22 receptions / 275 yards / 2 TDs

Tomorrow: Cole Beasley

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