Danny McCray

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Danny McCray
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McCray with the Cowboys in 2010
No. 29     Chicago Bears
Free Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-03-10) March 10, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school: Houston (TX) Westfield
College: Louisiana State
Undrafted in 2010
Debuted in 2010 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 119
Interceptions 2
Sacks 1.0
Forced fumbles 1
Stats at NFL.com

Danny DeWayne McCray (born March 3, 1988) is an American football defensive back for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at LSU.

Early years[edit]

McCray attended Westfield High School and in 2004 helped the football team to a second place finish at the Class 5A state championship. He earned first-team all-district honors as a senior in 2005.

He went on to play at Louisiana State University contributing mostly in special teams and as a backup both at safety and linebacker. For his career, he played in 52 games with 13 starts and recorded 196 tackles.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

McCray was signed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 as an undrafted free agent, based on the recommendation of special teams coach Joe DeCamillis. As a rookie he had 28 special teams tackles, the third-most in team history since 1988 and the most by any Cowboys player since Jim Schwantz team-record 32 in 1996.

The next year he led the team again in special teams tackles (19), becoming the first Cowboys player to do it consecutively, since Bill Bates did it in 1989-1990.[1] He also emerged as the unit leader, becoming a team captain by his third year.

After two seasons of playing in defensive packages as a hybrid linebacker and safety, in 2012 he got his first career start at strong safety against the Chicago Bears, replacing Barry Church who suffered a season ending achilles injury. Although he started 10 games and finished second on the team in tackles (87), as the season wore on, he struggled in pass coverage and his special teams play suffered dropping to second in tackles (18), eventually losing his starting position and playing time in the last two games of the season.[2]

In 2013, after the Cowboys improved their depth at safety, he accepted a reduced salary to remain with the team and avoid being waived. McCray didn’t see as much time on the defense as he did in the previous year, with the intention of focusing on special teams. New special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia changed his role, which affected his tackle production, finishing sixth on the team with 8.

Chicago Bears[edit]

On March 18, 2014, McCray signed a one year contract with the Chicago Bears, reuniting with special teams assistant Joe DeCamillis.[3]

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