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Brandon Carr showing his worth, finally being appreciated

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr has met the challenges of some of the league’s top wide receivers, including New York Giants star Odell Beckham.
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr has met the challenges of some of the league’s top wide receivers, including New York Giants star Odell Beckham. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Cornerback Brandon Carr might not ever live up to the five-year, $50.1 million contract he signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2012.

He was a solid cornerback in Kansas City. He had no Pro Bowls or All-Pro selections on his resume.

But the Cowboys were desperate for a cornerback and overpaid in free agency.

That's the Cowboys fault, not Carr's.

While Carr hasn't been a $50 million shutdown corner, he has been reliable, consistent and accountable.

Carr has not missed a game since coming into the league in 2008.

Orlando Scandrick and Morris Claiborne have at times been considered better corners during his time in Dallas. But both have been in and out of the lineup with injuries while Carr has played on, never missing the game.

Fast forward to the past two weeks and Carr might have had his finest two-game stretch with the Cowboys.

He was asked to cover Odell Beckham of New York Giants and Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Beckham caught four passes for 94 yards. His 61-yard touchdown proved to be the difference in a 10-7 loss. But that was more the result of a missed tackle by Barry Church in the middle of the field than Carr giving up a slant. It should have been a 19-yard gain rather a sprint to the end zone.

Carr out did himself against the Buccaneers, holding Evans to four catches for 59 yards and no touchdowns. Like Beckham, Evans has been one of the top receivers in the league this season if not in the top five.

Carr’s play didn’t go unnoticed.

"Yeah, two big-time players," coach Jason Garrett said of Beckham and Evans. "Two guys who have consistent production week in and week out when they get a lot of attention. It’s easy to see why. Mike Evans is a big, strong receiver. He plays inside and he plays outside. He can run a variety of routes. The quarterback has a lot confidence throwing him the football. So Brandon moved around with him a lot in the game. I thought he did a good job.

“Over time, players like that are going to have some production. They’re going to make some plays. But our challenge is to make it difficult for them to do that. I think for the most part try to minimize their production, their overall impact in the game. Brandon did a nice job of that."

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