The Dallas Cowboys show great awareness by signing Brandon Carr to the practice squad
The Dallas Cowboys had a very eventful offseason. Though eventful, it was one that left them further in need of help in their defensive backfield, an area that would need some attention whether they lost players or kept all of their players from last year.
Losing Byron Jones and Kavon Frazier to the Miami Dolphins, while also losing Jeff Heath to the Las Vegas Raiders, the Dallas Cowboys would ultimately need to add depth to that defensive backfield. While they did in the form of Maurice Canady, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Saivion Smith, Daryl Worley, Reggie Robinson, and Trevon Diggs, only Worley, Robinson, and Diggs would make the 53-man roster.
Canady wasn’t cut, but he did opt out due to the coronavirus pandemic. That left the Cowboys down another defensive backfield player.
This is where their latest signing comes into play. A re-signing of sorts in all actuality, Brandon Carr played football for the Cowboys from 2012 to 2016. During his five seasons with Dallas, he played in and started in 80 of 80 possible contests.
The Dallas Cowboys brought in a veteran and former Cowboy for depth. It was a move that shows that their heads are in the right place.
Carr had a total of 44 passes deflected and seven interceptions. He was capable of making plays, although we came to expect a bit more from him, which kind of put a damper on his original stint in Big D.
What the signing of Carr at this juncture means though is that the Cowboys see a dependable player that was still on the market. They see a veteran guy, who has never missed a game, and is someone capable of adding versatility by being able to fill in at either of the cornerback positions or safety.
This was an aware move by the Dallas Cowboys front office. With a season full of extra unknowns to add to unknowns that come along with an NFL season in the first place, such as injury, suspension, or poor performance, they now have to also deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
Also, with a need to have to trust a few young guys and/or new faces all over that defensive backfield, a guy that could come in and at worst be serviceable was almost a necessity. This is especially when considering the price tag that they were able to get Carr for initially here.
It’s a move that a winning franchise would make, based on the practicality and the functionality. It’s not one the Cowboys would typically make and the fact that they did is only a sign of good things for this franchise.
If the Dallas Cowboys go down a defensive backfield player or struggle with the guys that they’ve given the opportunity to thrive in those positions, it will always be nice to have a veteran like Brandon Carr waiting in the wings. That’s why, at worst, the Carr signing shows supreme awareness by the Cowboys’ front office.