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Brandon Carr vs Vincent Jackson: Cowboys Own the Edge

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I spent some time reviewing some old games between Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr and Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson when the two were with the Chiefs and Chargers, respectively. I watched every play between Carr and Jackson from 2011, and I counted Jackson as catching only two passes on Carr. At Dallas Morning News, I took a deeper look at the Carr-Jackson matchup:

Actually, one of Jackson’s receptions on Carr came with the cornerback playing 10 yards off of the line at the snap of the ball.

As Jackson got into his route, Carr continued to backpedal. In a 3rd and 10 situation, Carr perhaps should have sat at the chains, but he played the route conservatively with no deep help. The Chiefs appeared to be in Cover 3, meaning he had “deep-third” responsibility, i.e. the deepest man from the sideline to the hashmarks.

 

You can see that, as Jackson came out of his comeback route, Carr was still five yards off of him. Quarterback Philip Rivers delivered a strike to Jackson, who made the relatively easy grab for the first down.

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