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Draft Scout Brandon Carr News
08/18/14 - CB Brandon Carr is expected to make his preseason debut against the Miami Dolphins Saturday night. He missed the first two weeks of camp because of the death of his mother, forcing him to miss the preseason opener. He sat out game two as he was still getting his body in condition after missing so much time. But he will put on pads this week for the first time and get himself ready to play in the third preseason game against the Dolphins.
08/05/14 - CB Brandon Carr has yet to report to training camp as he was stayed back dealing with a mother in hospice until her eventual death last week. He will miss the preseason opener and practice for the first time on Saturday when the Cowboys return from San Diego.
07/25/14 - CB Brandon Carr missed the first day of training camp because of a family health issue. The Cowboys plan on giving him all the time he needs to get his affairs in order, coach Jason Garrett said.
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."