It's a new team and a new turf for Kevin Ogletree. He's starting over, having to prove himself once again. He likes this situation -- an open opportunity to contribute.
"I want to be the best person, player, and teammate that I can be here," said Ogletree. "I'm working at it every day and it's fun coming to work here. It's a great opportunity for us as a team and me as an individual to help us out."
Undrafted out of Virginia, Ogletree earned his way into the Cowboys' lineup and was a big part of the Dallas's offense when Bucs faced them in Week 3. With his former coach John Garrett now the Bucs' receiver coach, it didn't take much convincing to come to Tampa Bay.
"John Garrett has worked with him not only in the Dallas Cowboys, but also in college at the University of Virginia," said Coach Greg Schiano. "I really think he's coming on, understanding our scheme, and I think he's a guy that will help us."
Ogletree comes from the Cowboys having played with a Pro Bowl quarterback. He sees a noticeable difference between Tony Romo and Josh Freeman.
"Josh is probably the biggest quarterback that I've ever seen," said Ogletree. "He's got a huge arm and prepares and comes to work like this is the only job in the world."
With Steve Smith's retirement, Ogletree will battle Tiquan Underwood for third receiver position. But he says his versatility gives him an early edge.
"There is not really a stable person that is a 'slot receiver'. Being versatile and being able to be inside and outside really helps me."
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