Five For Fighting


McCann has more chances to do so, because he's returning kicks. It's still up for grabs, but I'd give the edge to McCann at the moment.

FS Akwasi Owusu-Ansah - OK, he's making the team. That's not really a debate. But where these games are important for him is if he's active or not come the regular season.

He's going to be on the 53, but the 45-man roster is the issue with him. And since Saturday night will be his first game, look for him to get plenty of opportunities. Not only is he playing a lot of safety with Pat Watkins and Mike Hamlin both out, but he's returning kickoffs and punts, too.

I'd say he has the chance to be inactive for a while, but it all changes real quick if he can take a punt or kickoff back for a touchdown, or even just a big play. Right now, the team really doesn't have a solid return man, especially on kickoffs. Dez Bryant isn't doing that, of course, and Titus Ryan got hurt when he was going to get his shot.

Sure, Felix Jones could and might be the best option, but Akwasi has a great chance to make his mark and carve his own niche if he can make a few plays Saturday night.

SS Barry Church - Unlike Owusu-Ansah, this guy is fighting to make the squad. You can see the ability and why he was so productive at Toledo for four years. He has good instincts and finds the football well. In practice Tuesday, Church had two interceptions and two more breakups.

However, it all comes down to special teams. He might be a great prospect at safety, but to keep on the roster, he needs to shine covering kicks. And that's where the competition might be too much for him.

This one is a tough call. On one hand, I'd be surprised if the Cowboys let him go. However, I don't really see how or where he fits. Then again, all it takes is a play or two.

Danny McCray - Here's a guy that wouldn't have been on anyone's radar a few weeks ago. In fact, McCray really wasn't on the Cowboys' radar to sign until special teams coach Joe DeCamillis noticed him while watching tape of another LSU player.

McCray was standing out on special teams on film, and he's stood out the same way in practice and certainly in the preseason games.

If the Cowboys decide not to keep Watkins, then it opens the door for a guy like McCray, who is mainly a special-teamer who could play on every unit.

He's done enough to be recognized after two games. If he keeps it up, there's no way the Cowboys can let him go.

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