Cowboys Sign Brandon Carr to Practice Squad, Could Play Week 1

After visiting the Dallas Cowboys on Friday, Brandon Carr is signing with his former team to be a member of the practice squad, per Michael Gehlken. Rumors about Carr’s return increased over the weekend, but it was a surprise that Carr was not headed to the 53-man roster.

The Cowboys likely have plans to promote Carr to the active roster at some point in the season to provide help to a defensive backfield that doesn’t seem to have a defined starting safety opposite of Xavier Woods. Darian Thompson and Donovan Wilson will battle for the starting gig with Carr possibly taking over later.

Carr’s durability might be the veteran’s biggest quality as he’s never missed a game during his 12-year career. His 192 straight games started is the longest streak among NFL defensive players. Although Cowboys Nation probably didn’t closely follow the Ravens last year, Carr did have an important role on his team. By the way, Carr and the Cowboys will visit Baltimore in December.

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Obviously Brandon Carr is not as exciting as Earl Thomas, but he did have another 16 game season, and it’s not like he was just a guy that hung out on the sidelines. He played 750 snaps and over 75% of their snaps on defense for Baltimore last season.

Dallas Cowboys fans should not judge Carr by his time in the silver and blue, but by his 2019 campaign in Baltimore. For the Ravens, Brandon Carr made the move from cornerback to safety midseason and worked out pretty well for his defense.

As a safety, Carr stood out thanks to his man-to-man coverage against tight ends.

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Brandon Carr covered tight ends man-to-man in Ravens scheme last year. That would likely be his primary value to Dallas.

Despite beginning the season in practice squad, Carr could play as soon as week 1 versus the Los Angeles Rams.

Thanks to the new CBA, the Cowboys have options to get Carr on the gridiron before even promoting him to the active roster. According to the new rules, teams can opt to “call up” practice squad players to have what essentially would become a 55-man roster. However, they can only do it twice before needing to sign him to the roster for him to play.

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Interestingly, Cowboys could activate Brandon Carr to the 55 man roster a couple of times without them having to cut someone. Will probably see him moved up for week one and then back to the practice squad since he doesn’t have to go through waivers.

A lot of Cowboys fans were rooting for the other former Baltimore Ravens DB to land in Dallas, but Earl Thomas remains a free agent. As of right now, there haven’t been any reports on any NFL team being interested in him.

However, Carr is likely an upgrade over Thompson and Wilson for the Cowboys. While both are promising young players, none of them earned the starting job during camp. It won’t be long before we see Carr play even if he starts the year on the practice squad.

With Carr’s addition, 16 players of the Cowboys’ 17-man practice squad is officially set for the season.

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Written by Mauricio Rodriguez

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  1. Always been a Carr fan. He was solid here. Folks just never liked his contract and always held it against him. Not sure how they expect to use him now, but he’s a solid person and even if he is just the 4th safety, he’s a good addition.

  2. Wow didn’t even know he was still in the league. Seems like forever since he played for us. Solid player and good teammate, but doubtful he sees the field much. If he does that’s a really bad sign for us.

  3. Makeup of the practice squad suggests this staff saw a lot in these young guys. Other than Jon’Vea Johnson this squad is all rookies … except the DB’s where Carr and Burton have some NFL game experience and Westry/Smith have 1 year of practice squad. Seems like McCarthy is comfortable going forward with guys he and his staff think can play, despite the lack of preseason.

  4. Go get Earl THomas. Put a clause in the contract that states if anything detrimental to the team occurs “you are fired” without any unearned pay. He wants to be a Cowboy. Both sides want a superbowl. Team weakness is the secondary. Thomas can help to make up for not having a number 1 cb.

  5. I can’t believe they put Carr on the practice squad!! He’s better than most of other DBs on our team, even at his age!! If it was me I would have found a way to get him on the 53!! After hearing he came in for a visit, I was hoping we would sign him, technically I got what I wanted, but I didn’t expect him to signed to the practice squad!! I sure hope these coaches know what they’re doing and find a way to get him on the field every week on game day!!

  6. Read the CBS article. Creative way to keep a veteran around who could come in handy. Kudos to the cowboys for that. The smart teams will continue to use these new rules to their advantage as the season unfolds.

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