The Cowboys are going to give another look to Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, a small-school safety they took in the fourth round in 2010.
They released him last season after trying him for a while at receiver, and Jacksonville signed him and used him in four games.
But he is back at Valley Ranch now, where at least he knows his way around.
“This is a place I was drafted. Like I said, I’m comfortable here,” he said after an OTA practice in May. “But you’ve just got to find a role. I’m not going to be naive. Whenever the opportunity presents itself, you’ve just got to take advantage of it.”
It doesn't matter what the opportunity looks like.
"Special teams, safety, corner, whatever it is -- find an immediate role and make an impact, somehow someway," Owusu-Ansah said.
The best bet for the 24-year-old is probably on special teams. The Cowboys think he can be good on kickoff returns because of his speed. Last year, he averaged 18.7 yards on three kickoffs with the Cowboys. In college at Indiana (Pa.), he averaged 25.9 yards on 53 returns.
He is trying to make himself better at it, and he knows the approach he wants to take.
“I could probably watch more film, watch previous film of me and see what I’m doing wrong and trying to hit the holes and maybe try to set it up in different ways,” he said.
Last year with the Jaguars, Owusu-Ansah got a chance to play in the regular defense for the first time. He had 19 tackles in four games, including two starts.
He has a long climb to get into the Cowboys’ regular defense, but special teams is a reasonable goal for his potential this year.
“When coaches see potential in you, I think it’s a big thing,” Owusu-Ansah said. “Like I say, I’ve just got to find my role, find my impact, make my place any way.”
-- Carlos Mendez