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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Brandon Carr says he lost his swag but gained it back

Brandon Carr was the Dallas Cowboys’ big free agent signing during the offseason and expected to become a shutdown corner for their defense. The fifth-year cornerback did a good job against the Giants last weekend despite New York having some of the top wide receivers in the league (New York also didn’t pass that much). How does Carr account for his good showing in Week 8 compared to the 138-yard, one touchdown performance he allowed to Brandon Marshall earlier in the month? Swag reasons.

“I didn’t lose confidence,” Carr said Wednesday, according to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “I just think I lost some swag a little bit. But I got it back right and I’m ready to rock and roll, man.”

One would think that confidence and swag are the same thing, but Carr detailed the difference between the two.

“My swag is just how I carry myself on the field,” Carr explained. “I’m an introverted person so I feed off myself more than anybody else, and I kind of lost the whole swag. You kind of forget what got you to this point, and who you are. You try to, I guess, tailor your game and tailor yourself to what others say or how they want you to play.”

Whatever Carr has done seems to have worked. As Machota points out, the Cowboys’ pass defense has improved 20 spots from last year. They’re now allowing 188 yards per game — good for third in the league — compared to last season when they allowed 244 yards per game. Right now Dallas is allowing 23 points per game, which is 18th in the league. They still have room for improvement.

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