Cowboys counting on Ball

ARLINGTON, Texas – As far as Jerry Jones is concerned, the Cowboys’ secondary is set.

He wouldn’t specifically discuss safety O.J. Atogwe, who became an unrestricted free agent at midnight, but he made it clear that the Cowboys weren’t shopping for help at that position.

“I’m ready to go into our season with the safeties that we have,” Jerry said. “That might answer your question.”

Jerry also said that cornerback depth “isn’t an area of concern to me at all,” although Wade Phillips acknowledged Tuesday that the Cowboys need a fourth cornerback to prove himself.

If Jerry holds true to his words, the Cowboys are relying heavily on Alan Ball.

The former seventh-round pick is the heavy favorite to start at free safety. He’s also the fourth cornerback, meaning he’ll play in the slot in dime packages, as well as the nickel if another corner goes down.

The Cowboys identified their low interception total as an area that needed improvement. They’ve followed through on that by cutting a starter and counting on Ball to come through.