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July 30, 2012

Akwasi Owusu-Ansah making another change from safety to cornerback

Akwasi Owusu-Ansah was moved from safety to cornerback on the first day of training camp in the Cowboys continued quest to make something out of the 2010 fourth round pick.

Drafted as a safety out of tiny Indiana (Pa.), Owusu-Ansah had a slow transitionto the pro game. He played only seven games as a rookie and was used primarily as a kickoff returner.

He was cut in camp his second year when he struggled at safety. But he was signed to practice squad and moved to receiver. He played one game as a punt returner and kickoff returner in 2011 before being cut. He then signed with the Jacksonville Jaquars practice squad and moved back to safety.

After being released by the Jaguars in the offseason, Owusu-Ansah returned to the Cowboys. He spent much of the offseason at safety and hoped to finally make a name for himself there.

But that before he came to camp was told he was moving to cornerback.

"I going to learn to love it," Owusu-Ansah said. "It was tough today. They said it was because of safety and this would give me a chance to fight for the final spot at cornerback."

Owusu-Ansah has moved around so much that his head is spinning. He doesn't know what his best position is. But the Cowboys like his toughness, size and athletic ability and think he has a chance to develop as a physical cornerback in Rob Ryan's scheme.

The Cowboys will five or six cornerbacks. The spots are wide open after the top four of Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick. 

Teddy Williams, a former sprint champion at UTSA who hasn't played football since high school, worked as the fifth cornerback on Monday. He was a receiver on the practice squad last year.

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Can we please make Mario Butler our 5th corner????

I was a fan of AOA when he was drafted, but now I'm wondering if the Cowboys can not find other corners on other teams? For whatever reason, the Cowboys keep too many "transitioning" players on the team at the expense of other players that have played a certain position all of their football "life". The Cowboys of the 60/70s were good at finding "athletes" and then turn them into great football players, but I think it takes a great coaching "eye" to really see an athlete and then based on that which position to put him in that will result in success. Given AOA's NFL history, it would seem, and I really hope I'm wrong, that the "speed" of the NFL is too much for him.

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