Dwayne Harris Could Have Breakout Season for Dallas Cowboys

Former Sixth-Round Pick Faces High Expectations in Third Season

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COMMENTARY | I think back to the 2011 preseason when the Dallas Cowboys played the Denver Broncos.

It was the first preseason game of the year, and all eyes were on Tim Tebow, as they should've been. He actually played a decent game that day.

But the one thing I remember most was the fourth quarter of that game, when this sixth-round pick from East Carolina caught a pass on a two-yard curl route and turned it into a 76-yard touchdown to tie the game at 16-16.

Later in that game, this same kid caught the game-winning touchdown pass with 15 seconds left.

Yes, it was only preseason, but I sat back and thought this kid is going to find a role on this Cowboys team, in some facet, and make an impact.

Then, on Nov. 11 in Philadelphia last year, in a game the Cowboys desperately needed, it happened: That kid took a punt 78 yards for a touchdown to give Dallas the lead for good.

And thus, the legend of Dwayne Harris was born. Alright, maybe not to that extreme. But there's a good chance that Harris could make a huge splash in 2013.

About to enter his third year in the league and will more than likely assume the duties of punt returner and slot receiver, Harris may be that extra playmaker that the Cowboys have been looking for.

He didn't break out onto the scene until that Eagles game with that punt returner. He spent about the first season and a half of his career backing up the likes of Kevin Ogletree and Jesse Holley.

Head coach Jason Garrett started using Harris in the offense much more often, and when he got his touches, he made the most of them. Harris caught at least one pass in the final seven games he spent in the slot and averaged over 13 yards per catch.

The headlines were stolen from Dez Bryant and Miles Austin in the receiving game, and deservingly so. Harris, however, showed glimpses of how valuable he could be.

Dallas now has someone they know, for sure, that can take away the punt return duties from Bryant so that he can focus his time on catching passes. Harris has the capability to do both, and make big plays doing both.

If Harris can accumulate around 50 catches or 500-600 yards, that would be a successful season, and it would make Tony Romo a very happy quarterback.

It's already an upgrade over what the Cowboys had before. And that's saying something.

Danny Webster is a featured columnist for the Dallas Cowboys. You can get in contact with him by going on Twitter, @DannyWebster21.

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