All Chris Carr wants is a chance to prove himself to the Minnesota Vikings. The veteran is coming off an injury riddled 2011 in which he only played 9 games. At 29 years of age, there’s plenty of time for Carr to get his career back on track.
For the Vikings, Carr was a cheap acquisition (1 year/$875,000), who adds depth and experience to a secondary that was just flat out not good a season ago.
Carr recently made a few comments about his new and old teams:
On the Vikings:
“It really seemed they respected my skills and knew what I could do. They were talking to me about games four or five years ago.”
On missing time on the Ravens defense:
“If you’re out of the mix long enough, you might just be left out. It’s like you have to reprove yourself all over again. It feels pretty good now that I have that chance.”
“If you’re versatile, you’ll always find a job somewhere.”
Carr has played 7 NFL seasons, compiling 210 tackles, 6 interceptions, and 7 forced fumbles.
So what role will Carr play with his new team?
It’s expected that Carr will compete for the No.3 cornerback position with rookie Josh Robinson, and that he will play on the outside in nickel packages.
I’ve been a fan of the Carr signing from day one. Not only is he still fairly young, and talented; he also brings experience of playing on one of the top defenses in the league with the Baltimore Ravens. I think every defense in the NFL could use a little Ravens influence in it.
Carr is likely the favorite to fill the No. 3 spot at this time, mainly because he’s a veteran. Robinson has been impressing coaches at OTAs, but he’ll have to earn his spot with the team. Carr on the other hand, has earned at least one more chance to show he’s still got it.