Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr recorded two interceptions in his team’s second exhibition against the San Diego Chargers, the first of which can be described as armed robbery. There was something familiar about the play, but no one could put their finger on it at the time. Carr refreshed the memory of Cowboys fans after the preseason game:
“I got that from Deion,” Carr said, referring to Deion Sanders. “I’m not going to tell too much, but I’ve seen him do that.
Carr was in man coverage on new Chargers receiver Robert Meachem on a post route and baited San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers into lobbing the ball deep down the middle of the field by letting off the gas every so slightly and making it appear Meachem was open by half a step. Such technique was the norm for Sanders, who played for Dallas from 1995-’99 and won a Super Bowl with the Cowboys.
“The first interception was a post, a deep ball, just man-to-man,” Carr said. “He hung it up there and I had to make a play. Either I’m making it or nobody is making it.”
While Carr certainly isn’t as flashy and attention-driven as Sanders, the current Cowboys defender is modeling the right parts of his game after the Hall of Famer. Carr is as hard-working as they come and that’s been more than evident during Cowboys training camp and the preseason. Younger players and veterans alike have looked to Carr as a leader despite the fact he has yet to play a snap for Dallas in an actual NFL game.
Carr never shows up wearing more gold than Mr. T, but he does know how to make Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin calls “splash plays.” Dallas hasn’t had a defensive player with that ability since Sanders, so Carr’s presence on the team is invaluable at this point. However, he doesn’t let it get to his head, or at least he hasn’t to this point. Through five months as a Cowboy, Carr has been a model player.
That’s the pinnacle of compliments for a player, especially one that was just awarded with a five-year, $50.1 million deal to play for his favorite team. Carr can make the big plays Dallas has so desperately needed for over a decade while remaining humble and a good example to his teammates. If the Cowboys could sign about 10 more players like Carr, then maybe this team would finally rise from the cellar of the NFL.