Brandon Carr appeared at an autograph session at the Burleson Albertson’s Tuesday. During the break, I asked him about playing safety versus cornerback in last week’s contest with Tampa Bay.
“It wasn’t difficult,” Carr replied. “When you’re playing cornerback, you are close to the action. When you’re playing safety, you have to read and react to the quarterback and break to the ball.”
Switching from corner to safety isn’t uncommon, as older corners like Charles Woodson and Ronde Barber have done so. Carr, who is 26, switched to safety to help the defense.
Carr only had one pass defended Sunday, and it came against Vincent Jackson, a receiver Carr faced in the AFC West. This week, Carr faces another former AFC West receiver in Chicago’s Brandon Marshall.
“It’s similar to last week,” Carr responded to facing Marshall. “He’s a big, physical receiver. It’s going to be a sixty-minute battle and I’ll have my work cut out.”
Marshall had 5 receptions for 71 yards last week against St. Louis. He leads Chicago with 16 receptions for 214 yards and a touchdown on the year. His stats in games against Carr are 33 catches for 368 yards and 4 touchdowns, with the most recent coming in 2011 when Marshall was with Miami.
Carr and his teammates do have their work cut out for them Monday night, but the effort and willingness Carr has shown in playing another position is what the Cowboys need to be victorious.