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Giants’ Jake Ballard Has Little Faith Cowboys’ Brandon Carr Can Stop Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz

March 31st, 2012 at 7:33 AM
By Dan Benton

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.

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.


Tags: Brandon Carr, Dallas, Dallas Cowboys, Football, Hakeem Nicks, Jake Ballard, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Victor Cruz

8 Responses to “Giants’ Jake Ballard Has Little Faith Cowboys’ Brandon Carr Can Stop Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    I have to pat myself on the back a little. I have been saying for a while that I would draft 2 RBs. I think this Brown news makes it a lot more likely.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Really? You mean when you weren’t lobbying for NYG to trade for Jonathen Stewart? Could have sworn you were the one I was debating for 2 threads about why Trading for Stewart was a bad idea and why we would draft a RB and bring in a UDFA.. I could be wrong, but usually I;m not:-)

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Well, Brown must be a complete idiot. Adios Mr. Brown.

    DJ Ware must have just allowed himself a huge sigh of relief. He just might have gained another one-year contract.

    I think the Giants will, and were always going to, draft one running back. But why would they draft two? Maybe, just maybe, they’ll use that 7th round pick on one since that is almost a throwaway pick anyway, and they will then have grabbed two. But I think it much more likely that they draft one and then pick one up either from the late cuts in August or from among the UDFAs. I don’t see Reese using two valuable picks on a position where all we need is “pretty good” and “pretty good” backs are all over the place.

    I’ve seen nothing except a quote from Coughlin that gives me any reason to believe Scott is anything other than a JAG with speed. I hope Tom is right and the kid has something, because it’s beginning to look like we’ll need something from him.

    In the end, though, I trust the front office and coaches to have a pretty good plan. I’m anxious to see what it is. It certainly won’t be going into the season with Bradshaw, Scott and Ware as the top three runners, will it?

    •  Luv2Salsa says:

      To be honest, I took Coughlin’s comments rather lightly. I believe he said, “He’s practiced hard.” (Or words to that effect.) Now that might mean that Scott ran hard while filling in for Bradshaw when he was nursing his foot. Or it might mean that Scott was flying all over the place while pretending he was a free safety on the scout team. There are only so many snaps available each week in practice. Probably 60% are pass plays. Perhaps more now, in this offense. The rest are likely given to the #1 and #2 runners. Guys at the bottom of the depth chart often get handed a yellow cap each week.

      But TC doesn’t throw his players under the bus, especially if that player was doing his job and showed some promise. TC wouldn’t say, “He can’t move sideways nor hang onto the ball.” “He’s practiced hard, practiced well”, is more his style.

      I think the plan will be to run the draftee when he’s ready. That might be about week 6, though he could see some action earlier when the Giants get a lead and decide to grind it out. I believe Ware is under contract through 2012, so unless he got spit out the back by an abundance of new talent, he probably wasn’t going anywhere, anyway (sigh.) With the suspension, Brown can’t be the stop-gap guy, and unless he wins the #2 job for real in training camp, he likely will have no role.

      The fallout from this may be that the Giants draft someone who is a bit less raw, with a higher pick, like a 3rd, rather than a 4th.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    As for Brandon Carr, he must be counting on having a few friends alongside him if he thinks he, or the rest of that secondary, is going to successfully cover Nicks and Cruz. Dallas will have to draft some defensive backs, but they aren’t drafting high enough to get the elite guys unless they get really lucky, so advantage will still very much go to the Giants. Maybe Carr can cover Hixon or Jernigan or Barden, but even that isn’t a sure bet.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Oh, btw, slowly but surely Herm Edwards is becoming one of the biggest Giants-haters among the punditry. Has he ever thought we’d win an important game? He and Jaworski, two clowns who just happened to be Eagles, seem constitutionally incapable of giving anyone on the Giants any credit for anything. Jaworski will probably still be insisting Eli has something to prove this season as he continues his quest to diminish a quarterback who makes what “Jaws” did on the field look exactly like the mediocrity it was. And Edwards will always be a guy I find puke-worthy, if only for that one horrid play in Giants history, but also because he seems to take every opportunity to diminish a team that just happens to have won 50% of the last four Lombardis.

      If anyone paid attention to what these fools say we’d all believe the Cowboys are ALWAYS great, the Eagles are ALWAYS fabulous, the Chargers are ALWAYS very talented, Tom Brady cannot EVER lose to his inferior, Eli Manning, and the Giants are ALWAYS just a bit better than mediocre. Pathetic. If you pay them no attention they might go away, just like the annoying kids who acted as if they knew everything when they knew very little back when you were in school. Best to ignore them, not argue with them. Their ignorance made them invulnerable to argument.

  4.  demo3356 says:

    We had better hope for 2 things. One that JR has 2-3 great drafts the next few years and the other that the cap goes up a ton. We only have 17 players under contract after next season (2013) ends. Think about that, over 2/3 of our 53 Man roster contracts expire either after this year or next. That is NUTS! Only
    Eli Manning
    Ahmad Bradshaw
    Da’Rel Scott
    Jerrel Jernigan
    James Brewer
    Chris Snee
    David Baas
    Jason Pierre-Paul
    Chris Canty
    Marvin Austin
    Jacquian Williams
    Greg Jones
    Terrell Thomas
    Prince Amukamara
    Antrel Rolle
    Tyler Sash
    Steve Weatherford
    Are under contract after 2013. By then very likely Canty, Rolle, Snee and Bradshaws Giants careers will be over.. That means like 75% of the 2014 Roster is not yet on this team.

    •  demo3356 says:

      The new CBA shortening Rookie contracts really hurts when trying to keep a young talented team together.. You used to be able to control payers for relatively cheap for the first 5 years of their career. Not any more. Rookie deals are shorter and players hit UFA quicker. This isnt good for team loaded with young superstars

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