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Draft Scout Brandon Carr News
06/01/14 - CB Brandon Carr has not lived up to expectations since signing a five-year, $50.1 million contract in 2012 to be the Cowboys' shutdown cornerback.
Dallas allowed the third-most yards in NFL history, and Carr gave up the third-most catches in the NFL (62) as well as 966 yards and three touchdowns, according to STATS, Inc.
Carr plans to change all that in 2014. He said he and the Cowboys are ready to "take over the league."
"I'm trying to take over the league," Carr said. "I get emotional when I say that because I'm dead serious, man. I've been playing this game for six years now, and I'm just ready to make that jump and become that shutdown corner."
Carr has played in two systems in his two seasons since signing the contract that made him one of the richest corners in the league. He and the Cowboys struggled mightily last season.
With a new defensive coordinator in Rod Marinelli, Carr expects the scheme to allow the team's corners to do what they do best. Carr, Orlando Scandrick and Morris Claiborne would love to play more man coverage this season.
"That's the plan," Carr said. "As this thing gets on a run, we'll see how it shakes out, but we just want to be in a position to win ball games. We felt like we disappointed ourselves last year. We've got a big chip on our shoulders. But last year is the past, and it's time for us to clean the slate and get ready to play this year."
12/24/13 - CB Brandon Carr was sick with the flu all last week and appeared even sicker during the Redskins game when receiver Pierre Garcon burned him for 11 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown. It was the continuation of Carr's struggles for the second half of the season.
"Today, they made some plays on me," Carr said. "I was upset about it. I have a lot of pride, and I try to go out there and do my best each and every time. I knew it was going to be harder this time just for the simple fact I knew they were going to adjust and attack me differently, find some holes in our coverages."
Carr said the illness "kind of shut me down," leaving him a lot of time to himself.
"You don't realize how much you miss the game until you're away from it," he said. "It was nerve-wracking just being at home and being out of the loop of what's going on. It's an NFL game. You want to keep your sword sharp. I missed a few days. Had to shake some rust off in the game. When it came down to it, can't think about nothing else except making plays and winning this ballgame.
"But at the end of the day, none of that matters because it comes down to the end of the game, it comes down to the nut-cutting time, when it's the last drive and you have to stand up and deliver," he said. "Because that's all people remember, is your last performance."
10/31/13 - CB Brandon Carr has been called toast all over the NFL after being torched by Detroit's Calvin Johnson last Sunday for 14 passes for 329 yards, the second most in NFL history. Carr said he will learn from the experience and keep battling. He will not suffer from any loss of confidence against the Vikings Sunday.
"You know what I've been through to get here? Just from childhood until now, I've been through so much; so many obstacles, struggles, things thrown at me, people saying I couldn't do this, couldn't do that," Carr said Monday after watching the tape of the 329-yard receiving performance by the Lions receiver. "I just get up each and every day, put my shoes on and go to work. I knew I had a big challenge yesterday, and I was ready for it."
Carr said he learned a lot about himself from the game and that he was proud of some things, and that some things he can learn from.
"At the end of the day, I stood in there and fought, and that's all you can ask for," he said. "I'm going to get better as time goes on. We're going to get better as a unit. But it definitely hasn't shaken my confidence. It might have boosted it. It might sound crazy, but I learn from games like that. It's time to move on and go on again."
10/23/13 - --CB Brandon Carr said his confidence is sky high, higher than it's even been after shutting down Demaryius Thomas, Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson the past three weeks in man to man coverage. This week he faces Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, considered the best in the league. The Lions' receiver set the NFL record with 1,964 yards last season. He has 33 catches for 492 yards and six touchdowns this season. Carr said he is excited and ready for the challenge to continue to prove himself as a shutdown cornerback.
"This one is more special," Carr said. "He is the best receiver in the league. For my coaches to have confidence to allow me to go out there and challenge him for 60 minutes, it gives me confidence. Now, it's time to go play and time to have fun."
Carr has 29 tackles, two interceptions and nine pass breakups. Quarterbacks have targeted him 45 times, giving up 20 receptions for 282 yards and a touchdown.
"You need all the confidence you can get," Carr said. "You need all the tools you have learned against a receiver like (Johnson), but my confidence and the confidence of my unit is pretty high right now. We have been playing some solid football the last few weeks. Guys are getting comfortable with the play-calling and comfortable with the scheme in the framework of the defense."
10/14/13 - CB Brandon Carr has followed the opposing team's best receiver all over the field the past two weeks. First it was Denver's Demaryius Thomas and last Sunday it was Pierre Garcon of the Redskins. He kept both out of the end zone. He had three pass deflections against the Redskins and held Garcon to six catches for 69 yards.
"It's a compliment and a great challenge for me," Carr said. "I've been working to try to get to this level for six years now. It's still a work in progress. I'm down for any task or any challenge they present to me, any receiver they want me to go after."
"He's a darn good football player," head coach Jason Garrett said. "I thought we knew that when we signed him as a free agent last year. He's just getting better and better. Talk about a guy who goes about it the right way. He's very serious minded. It's very important to him. He has some physical traits that are hard for receivers to get away from him. He's big. He's long. He's strong. He can run and he can make plays on the ball like you saw last night."