IRVING, Texas– Brandon Carr has played long enough to know cornerbacks are constantly challenged by NFL receivers all over the field.
In OTAs, the eight-year veteran has taken some reps at right corner instead of left corner, where he mostly has been accustomed to playing as a Cowboy. Teammate Morris Claiborne has worked on the left side.
Each offseason presents a chance for the Cowboys to try different rotations and player combinations, so the side switch might not stick. But Carr says he's comfortable at right corner because he played that spot early in his career as a member of the Chiefs.
"Me personally, I think it's a different game on the right and the left side," he said. "The right side, the boundary is more of the 'X' receivers and things of that nature. The left side, you get combinations with the slots and multiple formations on that side.
"It's a challenge on both sides. I just prefer it. I like the right side."
In 2015, the Cowboys' cornerbacks did not record an interception until Week 15 against the Jets, and the entire defense is looking for more takeaways after tallying a league-low 11 last season. The secondary had three interceptions in Wednesday's OTA, including one from Carr.
Head coach Jason Garrett emphasized that cornerbacks typically play both sides during the season, but said the team also wants to put its players in the best spots to be successful.
"I think there are probably a lot of different theories about why you want a guy to play left or right," Garrett said. "We're just trying to give those guys chances to play where they're most comfortable and I think they've handled it well.
"Each of those guys, if you play man to man, is going to have align on the other side. They take receivers from this side and put them over here and if you're covering them man to man, you're aligned on the left or you're aligned on the right. Sometimes I think people overstate that. But it's just a starting point and those guys have handled that stuff well.
"You always want to put your players in a position where they're comfortable. But again, corners typically have to play both sides. And Brandon's been very capable of doing both throughout his career."
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