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July 29, 2011

Better communication will mean better secondary, Cowboys safety says

Second-year safety Barry Church says the Cowboys can have a better secondary this year if they know what they’re trying to say to each other. Which is always important, but even moreso as the defense works with new coordinator Rob Ryan.

“As long as we communicate, I think the sky’s the limit for our defense,” Church said. “We as young players need to learn the scheme, and once we get it down pat, we should be pretty good.”

Church, an undrafted free agent out of Toledo, and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, a fourth-round pick in 2010, have been working with the first team through the first two days of practice.

That could change as the Cowboys look to add a veteran. But for now, the young safeties are trying to absorb as much as they can in a shorter-than-usual camp.

 “The thing is just having to learn a lot very quickly,” Church said. “We had no OTAs, no offseason, to get it under our belts. So it’s definitely a lot tougher.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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Barry Church, who runs a 4.6 40. Please.

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