Henry, Secondary Finding an Indentity

With the addition of Anthony Henry and Aaron Glenn at cornerback, the Cowboys have added the services of two players who have proven themselves at the NFL level. Now comes the hard part- meshing these new personalities with the existing talent in secondary.

One of the most talked about Cowboys' statistics this offseason deals with the fact that Dallas went from first in the league in total defense in 2003 to the middle of the pack in 2004.

Many attributed this downfall to lack of pressure on the quarterback, while others have talked about the weak link in the secondary opposite cornerback Terence Newman.

Looking back, it's obvious the Cowboys' acquisition of defensive end Marcellus Wiley turned out to be a major bust, and the loss of Mario Edwards at cornerback hurt the team much more than ever anticipated.

Therefore there was hardly a doubt that the real issue at hand this offseason was to find players who could step in and be more productive than the guys that were there at those positions a year ago.

The Cowboys answered their defensive line/pass rushing issues in the draft when they selected OLB/DE Demarcus Ware and DE Marcus Spears.

At the same time, they answered their concerns in the secondary via free agency when the team signed Anthony Henry and Aaron Glenn.

Henry is expected to take over the right cornerback spot and Glenn should provide ample depth behind Henry and Newman, while also stepping in with the Cowboys' nickel package.

For Henry, he already understands that the spotlight is shining on him as the Cowboys prepare for the start of training camp next month.

"Expectations are always high with me, especially the way they brought me in," Henry said. "And really that's a good motivator. I've had pressure put on me at every level with every team, so I'm used to it. I've challenged myself my entire career. It's really no different here."

At the same time Henry is dealing with the pressure living up to a big contract, he's also having to adjust to new teammates, a new city, a new head coach in Bill Parcells, and also figuring out how he fits into the Cowboys' secondary.

"Chemistry is big," said Henry. "I think once we all get together and have a chance to work more in training camp and have everybody solidify themselves, we'll be fine. We have guys here that can makes plays and we also have good veteran leadership.

"Aaron Glenn- he's been on winning teams and has been with Coach Parcells in the past. He knows what to expect, where as me, I haven't been with Coach Parcells. So having him is a big help for me and helps set things up on another level."

Henry is also an interesting player to study, especially when you take a closer look at his career statistics.

His rookie season in Cleveland, he tied for the league lead in interceptions with 10. The next three years combined, he only intercepted seven total passes.

Of course, even though it may be difficult to ever equal the production of his rookie season again, the fifth year corner has the size and skills to provide the Cowboys with a different look in the secondary.

"I think I bring some different things to the table that will help us out," said Henry. "I feel like I can make plays, but I can also add some size and power."

Now comes the most difficult part for Henry and the rest of the Cowboys' secondary- fitting all of these new pieces together while at the same time making it work.

"It takes time to find an identity," added Henry. "But that will come in training camp as we all continue to work together. I'm not worried about it."

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