Cornerback Brandon Carr is the Dallas Cowboys' shiny new toy. Considered a quality defensive back, he's a significant upgrade over what they previously had. But will he be enough to help shutdown the New York Giants' tandem of Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz? Tight end Jake Ballard certainly doesn't think so.
Jake ballard (@NYG_J_Ballard85) March 30, 2012
Last offseason (post-NFL Lockout), it was the Philadelphia Eagles who made the move to bring on a big-time cornerback, signing Nnamdi Asomugha to a five-year, $60 million deal. Widely considered one of the top two CBs in the league, Asomugha struggled mightily against Cruz, who hauled in nine receptions, 238 yards and three touchdowns in two meetings with the Iggles.
Needless to say, big time CBs haven't exactly had their way with Big Blue WRs.
Back in 2009, Carr's second year in the NFL, he and the Kansas City Chiefs defense were picked apart by Eli Manning & Co., giving up 292 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Nicks and former WR Steve Smith accounted for 188 of those yards and all three of the touchdowns. And while Carr did defend three passes, it was far from a career day for him.
While Carr has undoubtedly improved since then, so has Nicks. And as talented as Cruz already is, he's only going to get better. In other words: good call, Mr. Ballard.
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