Frank Heinz, NBC DFW
Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr has never been one to shy away from a challenge, which is a good thing. Because this week in Detroit, he’ll be charged with covering the consensus pick for best receiver in the NFL today in the Lions’ Calvin Johnson.
“It’s a big step,” Carr said this week, per ESPN Dallas. “I love the challenge, man. I’ve been saying that for a long time. These are the games that you’re in the backyard the last drive of the game and it’s you versus whoever the top receiver is growing up as a kid.”
Carr, who is from Flint, Michigan, admitted that he has a good deal of family members who count themselves as massive fans of the man he’s charged with quieting on Sunday.
“I’ve got little nephews who look up to this guy,” he said. “He’s an idol to them. I respect him, but at the same time, I’m eager to go out there and mix it up with him.”
Carr has emerged in the past few weeks as the kind of shut-down corner Dallas was hoping for when they brought him in from Kansas City with a five-year, $50 million deal. On the year, he has 25 tackles, a pair of interceptions (including a pick-six) and seven pass breakups.
“You want to hold that throne as the top dog out there on the island,” Carr said. “I’ve still got some work to do, which is fine, but I’m enjoying every moment of it.”
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