Dallas Cowboys 2013 Breakout Candidate: Barry Church

By alanlim
Barry Church
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Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church, who was an undrafted player from Toledo University in 2010, showed promise that he could be a starting safety before he tore his right Achilles tendon against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He only played three games last year. Before his injury, Church racked up six tackles and one fumble recovery.

Returning from his injury, Church can help shore up the strong safety position. After Church got injured, Mana Silva took over, but he was cut from the Cowboys after Gerald Sensabaugh returned from an injury. Big problems arose in the safety position with awful tackling and poor coverage throughout the season. Although many different strong safeties played after Darren Woodson retired, no one has come close to greatness, including Roy Williams.

Church is a sure tackler who can punish receivers going through the middle of the field. He can be inside the box to help support the run defense or he can be used to cover receivers who run short patterns. Even though Church played better in coverage for a few games last year, he still needs to improve on his pass coverage. The Cowboys were susceptible to the long ball last year.

Throughout his short career, Church played a lot on special teams. Although he only played for two and a half games at safety, the Cowboys believe that he is the future safety giving him a four-year contract extension last year in October. And the Cowboys cut Sensabaugh to open up cap space.

Church should shore up the strong safety position and help out the Cowboys’ secondary.Dallas ranked 19th in passing yards allowed and 26th in passing yards per attempt allowed last season in the NFL.

Alan Lim is a Dallas Cowboys writer for rantsports.com. Follow him on twitter @alanlim_.

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