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Monday, January 20, 2014
Young Guns: Barry Church

By Calvin Watkins

Since 2010, the Cowboys have done a better job of finding talent. As a core of Tony Romo, Jason Witten, DeMarcus Ware, Miles Austin, Jason Hatcher, Anthony Spencer and Doug Free inch closer to the end of their careers, the Cowboys need a group of young players heading into their primes to take ownership of the team. Cowboys reporters Calvin Watkins and Todd Archer analyze those players from the class of 2010 on.

Player: Barry Church
Position: Safety
Age: 25

Outlook: Church is coming off a solid 2013 season when he led the team in tackles with 135 and finished tied for fourth with six pass breakups. Church was a steady presence in the backend while the team struggled to find a consistent performer at free safety. Will Allen, J.J. Wilcox and Jeff Heath started at free safety this season, while Church didn't miss a single start. Church's season started off well when he forced a fumble and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown in the season-opening victory against the New York Giants. Church displayed abilities to become a solid run defender and was a reliable safety against the pass. There were times he was inconsistent. In a Week 3 victory over St. Louis, Church had a career-high three pass breakups. The Cowboys' future with Church is secure because he's signed through 2016.