When the Minnesota Vikings brought in free agent cornerback Chris Carr this past off-season, they wanted him to be a guy who could play wherever they needed in the secondary. If Carr is anything at cornerback, it’s certainly versatile.
The veteran figues to play all over the field for the Vikings, but he’s slated to start the year at nickelback. He recently sat down for an interview with the Pioneer Press to discuss the upcoming season:
Has his role been defined?
“We’ve just been playing and doing stuff. You never know until the season starts.”
Expectations coming to Minnesota:
“I expected to play, either starting or playing the nickel. Or, doing the nickel. I know Antoine (Winfield) plays nickel. If he’s injured, I can do that spot and play corner. I felt this was a good defense and it has a lot of good players on it. I just felt Coach (Joe) Woods is a very good secondary coach. I felt that once we started game planning and playing against teams we could be really effective. I felt comfortable being around all the coaches and I felt like I could play here, so that was the decision.”
Carr missed nine games in 2011, a season in which he was slated to be a starting corner for the Baltimore Ravens. He was first sidelined with a hamstring injury in the preseason, and then later in the year with a bad back.
Admittedly, Carr says he came back too soon from the hamstring injury. Overall 2011 was just once of those years where he never got on track.
Now his back has been an issue this preseason, but he is ready for go for week one. The veteran figures to play ahead of rookie Josh Robinson, and given Robinson’s inexperience and recent concussion, Carr figures to play a lot early in the season.
Fans should feel confident no matter where Carr is asked to play, if healthy, he can handle nearly anyone on the field.