Nolan Carroll, Cornerback
Most Dallas Cowboys fans knew cornerback Nolan Carroll as the defender they were happy to see playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was by no means considered to be an elite player.
So imagine the surprise when Carroll landed with the Cowboys this offseason. But media members close to the team assured us that he could be an upgrade at the position that was previously held by veterans Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne.
And despite some news of inconstant play during training camp, the eighth-year corner seemingly performed well in his debut in Dallas, helping limit the New York Giants’ offense to three points.
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But the same ole’ Carroll showed up against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Although playing limited snaps against the Broncos due to apparently suffering a concussion, the 30-year old defender look horrendous versus Denver’s receivers on Sunday.
As it’s seems to have been his entire career, you are rolling the dice as a defense when you are relying on the play of Nolan Carroll. You just have to hope he’s having a good day. And I’m not sure the Cowboys can succeed having that kind of player as a starter in the secondary.