Cowboys future focus: S Andrew Sendejo


Position: Safety

Height: 6-1. Weight: 225

College: Rice

How acquired: Free agent

What he did in 2010: Sendejo was active for only two games after joining the Cowboys following the UFL season with Sacramento. Sendejo led the UFL with 48 tackles he also had seven pass deflections and two interceptions. In the two games with the Cowboys he had one special teams tackle. He did not have any defensive snaps.

What to look for in 2011: It’s hard to know what the Cowboys have in Sendejo, who had tryouts with Tampa Bay and New Orleans after going undrafted last April. They liked what he did in the UFL but he signed so late in the season that it was hard to get him on the field. According to Chris Greisen, whom the Cowboys signed in the final week of the season after he played for Florida in the UFL, Sendejo has good range -- he had a pick vs. Florida -- and is an aware player. He played mostly free safety in practice. He is signed through 2011 and will have a chance in camp to win a roster spot but will likely have to beat out Barry Church and/or Danny McCray with the Cowboys expected to fortify the position in the draft or free agency.

Quotable: I’m very glad I played in the UFL as opposed to not doing anything. If I was just sitting around at home it would have been hard to jump in and compete at this level. I learned a lot, not only on the field but how to be a professional football player and the lifestyle. The UFL helped me transition into this easier as opposed to coming in right from college. … I think the biggest thing for me is getting adjusted to the speed of the game. The UFL is a good level of talent but the speed of the game is a lot faster. I learned that on my first kickoff. I could tell the game was a lot, lot faster. -- Andrew Sendejo.

Bryan Broaddus’ Scout’s Eye: This is where your pro department comes into play, adding players like this during the season. Obviously there’s a need at safety. It’s a position that’s been a big struggle through the season. He did get some experience playing special teams in two games. We’ll find out more about him in the off-season but he made some plays it looked like in the UFL and we’ll see if that translates into this level.