Brandon Carr’s tight coverage was a star of the second day of minicamp.
It showed the most in an 11-on-11 red-zone drill with 1s against 1s.
The new cornerback broke up two passes and left no room for two others to become completions, shutting out Kevin Ogletree, Raymond Radway, Dwayne Harris and Miles Austin on throws in the end zone.
It meant the defense protected an imaginary four-point lead, holding the offense out from the 12-yard line.
Later, in a 7-on-7 red-zone drill, he had tight coverage on Harris again, but Harris made the catch – having to fall out of the back of the end zone to do it.
It was an impressive display from the Cowboys’ No. 1 free agent pickup. Coach Jason Garrett said Carr’s brand of press coverage is going to help the Cowboys, both on defense and offense.
“He’s a big, long guy. Very long arms. Great athlete who can run. Not afraid to be physical,” Garrett said. “We’ve seen that in practice over the course of this offseason. It’s great work for him to be up there pressing a lot. It’s also great work for our receivers. Every time they come off the line of scrimmage, they have to deal with that. It’s great practice for him, because that’s how he’ll play, and that’s how he’s played for most of his career.”
Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said last week that Carr is better than advertised.
“I knew he was great, but the guy is special,” he said.
What makes him special?
“Just because he shuts down everybody,” Ryan said. “He can cover anybody. He’s got long arms, great length, and he’s a great person who works his tail off. He takes coaching, and I’m really impressed with him.”
-- Carlos Mendez