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Cornerback Brandon Carr hoping switch from left side to right pays off

Cornerback Brandon Carr understands the business of pro football entering the final year of his contract with the Dallas Cowboys.
Cornerback Brandon Carr understands the business of pro football entering the final year of his contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Star-Telegram

It’s safe to say that cornerback Brandon Carr has not lived up to the five-year, $50.1 million deal he signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent in 2012.

Not only has he not been the shutdown cornerback they envisioned, but he has made few plays on the ball. He has not had an interception since 2013.

That the Cowboys forced him to take a pay cut is one of the main reasons he returned this season.

Ironically, the Cowboys might finally get a return on their investment in what is the final year of his five-year deal because he is back playing a familiar position.

Throughout organized team activities, Carr has played right cornerback with Morris Claiborne at left cornerback.

Carr played the left side for the past four years in Dallas, but got his career started by playing the right side for four years in Kansas City where he played well enough to earn that lucrative contract from the Cowboys in 2012.

“I like the right side,” Carr said. “I used to play right corner prior to coming here. We will see what the future holds. I just prefer the right side. We are trying to see what we can do.”

According to Carr, it’s a different game on the right and left side. The right side you mainly get the split end and you get to use the boundary. On the left side, you have to deal with slot receivers and multiple formations.

Most quarterbacks are right handed meaning that more action and passes come to the left cornerback.

“However it happens, I feel like I’m prepared to go play inside, outside, left corner, right corner,” Claiborne said. “It doesn’t matter.”

Carr said it would be good for Claiborne to play the left side as he also will be playing for a new contract this season whether it’s with the Cowboys or someone else.

“He is at a point in his career right now where he can benefit from playing on that left side and make some plays over there,” Carr said.

The Cowboys are downplaying the switch, saying that all the cornerbacks need to be able to play both sides to be successful.

The return of the team’s top cornerback Orlando Scandrick in training camp will also impact the decision. Scandrick, missed all of last season with a knee injury, has started at right in regular defense before moving to the slot on obvious passing downs.

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