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Bryan McCann To Return Kickoffs For Cowboys

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Part of the reason why Bryan McCann was called up from the practice squad earlier this week is to provide some depth in the secondary. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah is out with a high-ankle sprain, and Terence Newman is hobbled with rib injuries.

The other reason is that the Cowboys need to replace Akwasi Owusu-Ansah as a kickoff returner. SMU graduate McCann has blazing speed, per this report from his Pro Day workout:

On his first attempt at the 40 - Ford Stadium’s field is not thought of as a particularly fast track - McCann clocked a sizzling 4.32 … a time made more impressive by the fact that he ran it in to the wind. When the runners reversed directions, he ran even faster, clocking a 4.28, which is .15 seconds faster than any cornerback ran at the NFL Combine last month.

The Star-Telegram reports that McCann will serve as the primary kickoff returner at least until Akwasi Owusu-Ansah is back. Expect him to also start on the kickoff and punt coverage teams. Follow this link to a video with some of McCann's highlight reel special teams plays at SMU.

With Dez Bryant, the Cowboys seem to have found the answer at punt returner. Bryan McCann now gets a chance on the big stage to show what he's got. With a little bit of luck, Coach Joe DeCamillis may have found his answer in the return game with Dez & Bryan.