Mana Silva making name for himself

August, 26, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas – Mana Silva showed up last December off Buffalo’s practice squad and made an immediate impression on some at Valley Ranch with his special teams play in the final two games of the 2011 season.

As preseason has progressed, Silva has continued to impress to the point where he might be able to think about making the final roster.

He won’t, though.

“It’s the same way I approached the first day: go out and work hard and let the chips fall where they may fall,” Silva said.

Silva was credited with two tackles and a pass breakup on defense and was a member of every special teams unit in Saturday’s 20-19 win against St. Louis. When Danny McCray was lost to a stinger, Silva moved to the first-team dime package and in the second half came up with a nice read on a screen play for no gain.

“Last year was tough,” Silva said. “We were installing 30 plays a night and then you had to go out and try to perform with those plays. I’m a lot more comfortable being out there. I know the plays more going through the OTAs and the minicamp.”

But Silva knows he can cement a roster spot with his special teams work. He had four tackles in two games last year.

“I need to improve on special teams,” Silva said. “I can improve in reading and using my instincts in making plays that way.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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