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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Danny McCray struggles at safety

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- One of the things the Cowboys liked about safety Danny McCray is his ability to make open field tackles. But over time, McCray improved his ability to cover receivers and tight ends giving the defensive coaches confidence in his ability in pass coverage.

Over the last three weeks, offenses are going after McCray with success. He's been targeted 15 times the last three weeks and Pittsburgh went after him six times, completing all the passes for 124 yards.

While McCray hasn't given up a touchdown, he's coming off the field in dime coverage for Eric Frampton.

"Danny is just banging away," coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday morning when asked about the safety. "He's been dealing with some injuries all year long, he's another one of those tough guys who everybody just loves to be around because he keeps playing. He plays a lot on defense, plays a lot on special teams; So there have been a couple of things that haven't gotten his way, there's no question about that, but he's working hard and he's trying to get better, he's playing through a lot of different things."

Safety Charlie Peprah signed with the Cowboys Oct. 24 to give the team some depth at the position but he's missed the last three games with a foot injury. He could return this week when the Cowboys take on the explosive New Orleans Saints offense on Sunday.

"We anticipate Pep being able to practice some today," Garrett said. "We'll see how he does."

Adding Peprah, who has two pass breakups and one interception in three games this season, to the mix at secondary should help given who the opponent is on Sunday.