McCray playing for the Bears in 2014.
|No. 40 Dallas Cowboys|
|Date of birth:||March 10, 1988|
|Place of birth:||Houston, Texas|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||221 lb (100 kg)|
|High school:||Houston (TX) Westfield|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2015|
|Player stats at PFR|
Danny DeWayne McCray (born March 3, 1988) is an American football free safety and special teamer for the Dallas Cowboys of National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at LSU.
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.
Dallas Cowboys (first stint)
McCray was signed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 as an undrafted free agent, based on the recommendation of special teams coach Joe DeCamillis. The team assigned him uniform number 40, previously worn by special teams star Bill Bates. 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. 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 tendon 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.
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.
On March 18, 2014, McCray signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears, reuniting with special teams assistant Joe DeCamillis. He ranked fourth on the team with 10 special teams tackles, his best game came against the New York Jets, registering 10 tackles on defense.
Dallas Cowboys (second stint)
- Mayer, Larry (March 18, 2014). "Bears add safeties Steltz, McCray". Chicago Bears. Retrieved March 18, 2014.