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October 28, 2013

Brandon Carr: Calvin Johnson's big day could serve as "confidence boost"

Brandon Carr smirked as he said it. He knew it wouldn’t sound right a day after Calvin Johnson torched him and the Dallas Cowboys’ defense for 329 receiving yards, the second-most by a receiver in a game in NFL history.

“It definitely hasn’t shaken my confidence,” Carr said. “It might have boosted it. It might sound crazy, but I learn from games like that.”

There’s no question it sounds crazy, but that’s the mentality that helped turn Carr from a fifth-round draft pick into a $50 million cornerback. But what went so wrong Sunday?

Carr watched the film and saw good and bad. The most important thing Carr took away from his film session was to do a better job in reading different situations.

"An awareness of who’s hot, who’s the go-to guy and just different things you have to fight back and find a way to make a play on them,” Carr said. “He was hot and they just kept feeding him, which is what you’re supposed to do with your horse. You’re supposed to feed him the ball and target him as many times as they did.

"There are going to be games like this in the NFL. You hope that you don’t have these games but these games are good for you to keep you humble and a good barometer to see where you’re at as a football team and we still have some more work to do. Guys put their chip back on their shoulder, it should be bigger than ever now. Now it’s just time to move on and get ready for Minnesota."

-- Drew Davison

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