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August 13, 2013

Barry Church tests out new approach to going for the ball against Dez Bryant -- and wins

Barry Church knows what he was doing wrong in pass defense in past years. He was waiting for the ball to come down to make a play on it.

But he can’t afford that against Dez Bryant, and he showed a different approach in practice this week by going up to break up a deep pass for the Cowboys’ most athletic receiver.

“Instead of waiting for the ball to come down, when you’re facing him, you’ve got to go get the ball,” Church said. “I mean, that guy, he jumps over everybody to go get it. When we’re going against him, the coaches harp on it a lot: going to attack the ball when it’s up in the air like that.”

Church said it’s a result of the emphasis on turnovers in training camp.

“Past years, I kind of waited for the ball to come down to me or try to get it back down,” he said. “But this year, we’re kind of big on creating turnovers and getting to the ball first. … The receivers are taught to go up and get the ball at the highest point. So are we as defensive backs. So whoever gets to the ball usually wins.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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