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August 14, 2012

Church gets a chance to make a hit and defensive calls by himself, but has to wait to show range

New free safety Barry Church didn’t get a chance to show his range.

But he did get a chance to deliver a hit.

And be in charge of the defense – he was the only first-teamer left in for a series in the first half.

“Everybody got pulled off. They wanted to see if I can man the field back there without Sensabaugh,” he said with a smile after the Cowboys’ preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders. “I feel like I did a pretty good job with the 2s in there. They said I did a pretty good job. We were communicating on all levels.”

Church made two tackles, including one with a big hit, which is what he got a reputation for in his first two years with the Cowboys. He won the free safety job a week into training camp, prompting the release of free agent signee Brodney Pool.

“I felt like I was able, when I had my opportunities to attack, I attacked pretty well,” Church said. “As far as range, I didn’t get a chance to show my range pretty well today, but look forward to it next preseason game.”

He said he and Gerald Sensabaugh saw the same things and made the same calls.

“He would make one, I would echo it, and if I would make one, he would echo it to the other side,” Church said. “I feel like we’re working on good harmony right now. Hopefully that continues.

“As far as the first unit, we all pretty much communicated all on the same page. It looked pretty good out there. It looked like a fast defense.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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