Back in March, the Dallas Cowboys shelled out just over $50 million to land the services of cornerback Brandon Carr for the next five seasons, and on Saturday night, Carr gave fans a glimpse at just why Dallas was so willing to pony up such a massive sum.
Carr intercepted Phillip Rivers twice in the first half of Saturday’s exhibition loss to the Chargers, the team’s second game of the preseason. Dallas now has four interceptions this preseason, which Dallas hopes is a sign that they’ve turned a corner this offseason with respect to forcing turnovers.
"I'm sitting with Jason Witten and he says, 'You know, if we get a couple like that during the regular season, that's a difference maker and haves us sitting there in the playoffs,'" said Cowboys’ owner and general manager Jerry Jones, per ESPN Dallas. "I was really pleased there."
The overhaul of the secondary was just a part of the remodeling done to the defense this offseason, and so far this preseason, we’re seeing decent returns. Dallas’s first team defense shut San Diego for two quarters, thanks in no small part to the contribution of Carr--a veteran who brings a true ball-hawk mentality to a unit that’s been without one of those for some time now.
“Go for the ball every time it’s in the air,” Carr told the team’s official website. “You’ve got to be at the right place at the right time, and of course you’ve got to execute the play that’s called. Out there on an island it’s a one-on-one matchup, and once the ball goes up, either you’re catching it or nobody’s catching it. That’s the mentality you’ve got to have.”
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