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September 19, 2012

Brandon Carr knows Vincent Jackson's game from their AFC West days -- physical, bully off the line

Brandon Carr doesn’t have to be introduced to Vincent Jackson. They know each other well from their AFC West days, when Carr was a cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs and Jackson was a receiver for the San Diego Chargers.

They’re both on new teams this year, but they’re sure to get reacquainted Sunday.

“Just from my first-hand experiences with Vincent Jackson, he’s a big, fast, physical receiver,” Carr said. “I’m going to have my work cut out for me the whole 60 minutes.”

Jackson’s best game against Carr’s Chiefs came in 2009, when he caught five passes for 142 yards and a touchdown. But in the next four games, the Chiefs and Carr limited Jackson to a total 12 catches for 168 yards and no touchdowns.

This year, Jackson has nine catches for 175 yards and a touchdown for Tampa.

“It looks like he’s picking up where he left off in San Diego,” Carr said. “They have a quarterback that can move the ball down the field and receivers that can stretch the field.”

Jackson is 6-5, 240 pounds. He will have a five-inch height advantage on Carr. But Carr said he likes going against big receivers. He was asked to compare Jackson and teammate Dez Bryant, 6-2, 220.

“They do things differently,” Carr said. “Off the line of scrimmage, he’s more physical, more of a bully so to speak. When the ball goes up, it’s either he’s catching it or the opposite, nobody’s catching it. He’s a talented receiver that can come up with big plays and get the ball downfield.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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