Early returns are positive on undrafted rookie defensive backs Barry Church and Danny McCray, each of whom made contributions in the win over the Houston Texans. Both have been playing so well, in fact, that second year safety Mike Hamlin was inactive on Sunday.
When the Texans had a first-and-goal at the Cowboys’ one early in the fourth quarter, Church made the initial hit on Texans running back Arian Foster. The play resulted in no gain.
The Cowboys did not allow the Texans to get into the end zone and Houston had to settle for a field goal.
On Houston’s last offensive play of the afternoon with 50 seconds left, McCray picked off a deflected pass from Matt Schaub and the Cowboys ran time off the clock.
“Barry Church [did] a good job on goal line. He was in on a couple of those last stops over there on the goal line,” safety Gerald Sensabaugh said. “Then we had Danny McCray making plays. He had an interception. We got a lot of production out of a lot of players. . . . Those guys are real physical. They help us out on defense a lot.”
-- Jan Hubbard