Players on the Cowboys practice squad refer to themselves as the “alley dogs,” which captures their status. They’re not members of the 53-man roster and are paid lesser salaries, but they are always hungry and fighting for the scraps, which in this case are spots on the roster.
Wide receiver and special teams player Jesse Holley spent all last year and part of this season on the practice squad. He was joined this year by defensive back Bryan McCann.
In the last two weeks, Holley watched as McCann made two big plays in Cowboys victories. It was Holley’s turn on Thursday.
In the third quarter, Holley chased Reggie Bush on a punt return and hammered the ball out of Bush’s hands. That cause a fumble, which was recovered by the Cowboys’ Leon Williams. The Cowboys quickly scored a touchdown to close within three of the Saints at 23-20.
“You got to catch up with McCann,” Holley said of the big play. “He had a 101-yard interception for a touchdown, he had the punt return back for the touchdown. When you’re lead alley dog, you’ve got to do your part. I’m the lead alley dog so I’ve got to make sure I’m still relevant to those guys.”
-- Jan Hubbard