Danny McCray isn't ready to buy a house in DFW yet, but he should at least unpack his bags and get ready to stay for a while. McCray has been a special teams standout and will make the team's 53-player roster, even if he doesn't feel quite that comfortable yet.
"Not quite buying a house yet," McCray said. "Getting ready for this trip to Houston, though. It'll be good to play in front of the home crowd, so that'll be nice."
Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis "found" McCray when he was watching film of another LSU player before the draft. He was impressed with McCray's hustle on special teams. The Cowboys signed McCray as an undrafted free agent despite the fact that McCray made only 13 career starts at safety while backing up Chad Jones, who was drafted by the New York Giants.
McCray has made a team-leading five special-teams tackles in the preseason, three more than anybody else on the team.
"I think special teams is hustle plays," McCray said. "I hustle. Playing special teams is something that I've always done and am used to doing. I like the challenge. A gunner is a challenge between you and the guys in front of you, and beating two people is better than beating one. It just looks better."
McCray has made plays at safety too, with three tackles, an interception and a pass defensed.
"Danny did a great job on special teams, and Danny made a couple of really nice tackles in the open field," Cowboys defensive backs coach Dave Campo said. "That’s something that’s not the easiest thing to do."
The Cowboys are using McCray in their dime packages as a hybrid linebacker/safety.
-- Charean Williams