Someone recently posed the question to me “Is Brandon Carr, the Cowboys’ best corner since Deion Sanders?” I immediately said I think so, but then realized I should say potentially he is, but I cannot agree with that just yet.
I am not saying Brandon Carr does not have the ability to reach the status as the best corner since Deion, but let us dial back a little on those expectations until he gets a few official games under his belt. Nothing is more frustrating to me than seeing a new member of the Cowboys have almost unattainable expectations placed on him. (See Dez Bryant having to wear No. 88 for example).
I thought I would review what we know about Brandon Carr to this point in his NFL career. He is a 6'0" cornerback who spent his first four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs before hitting the free-agent market this offseason.
Brandon Carr played college football at Grand Valley State and was a fifth round pick in the 2008 draft. Brandon signed with the Cowboys for $50.1 million and was immediately penciled in as the starting cornerback, replacing Terence Newman, a two-time Pro Bowler who was released.
According to training camp reports, Carr appears to be the lockdown corner this team and defense has needed for years. He can jam the big receiver, hang with the fast ones and make the play on the ball when he needs to; at least that is what training camp has shown us so far.
Since Carr has yet to officially register a tackle, a pass breakup or an interception, I for one can’t sign off on the idea that he is the best corner we have had since Deion. Does he appear to be? Absolutely! Now he just needs the season to start to go prove it. Let’s see how he does with Victor Cruz, DeSean Jackson, Steve Smith, Roddy White and the rest of the No. 1 wide receivers he will be facing week in and week out.
Now if Carr is not yet the best corner the Cowboys have had since the legendary Deion Sanders, the question must be asked who is. Reviewing the cast of characters that have patrolled the secondary since Deion left us is not exactly a who’s who of cornerbacks. ‘
The list includes guys such as Mario Edwards, Kareem Larrimore, Dwayne Goodrich, Philippi Sparks (after the Giants cut him), Aaron Glenn (after the Texans got rid of him), Ryan McNeil, Derek Ross and Pete Hunter. We did have Pro Bowl years out of guys like Terrance Newman and Mike Jenkins, with both making it in 2009, so it has not been entirely turnstile corners in our secondary since Sanders’ departure.
If I were to answer the question who is the best corner to play for the Cowboys since Deion left, today I would have to say Terrance Newman, as he is a multiple-time Pro Bowl corner. If you ask me that question on December 31, 2012, after the season has concluded, I have a feeling my answer will have changed.
Plus, with Morris Claiborne on the team, that answer might change in a few more years, but what did I say about not putting too many expectations too soon on a player?
It is poised to be an exciting season watching Brandon Carr lock up with some of the top wideouts in the NFL, and hopefully the expectations and the results mirror each other.