*Editor's Note: Throughout the off-season, DallasCowboys.com staff writers will take a closer look at the roster, analyzing players' impact last season and how each fits into the team's 2016 plans. Today's Roster Rundown entry features cornerback Brandon Carr.)*
Name: Brandon Carr
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 210
Experience: 8 seasons
College: Grand Valley State
Key stat:Since being drafted in the fifth round from a Division II school, Carr not only started all 16 games his rookie year for the Chiefs, but has never missed a start in his career, totaling 128 consecutive starts, including 64 the past four years in Dallas.
Contract Status:Signed through 2016.
2015 Impact: Didn't build off the final month of the 2014 season like I thought he might. At times was competitive and showed flashes of physical toughness on the edge but that's really all it was. Is always going to struggle when he faces an opponent that takes the fight to him. Wants to be tough but it's just not in his DNA to be that type of player all the time. Very cautious when opponent is better than him. Plays as if he is scared he is going to get beat. Didn't play this way as much in 2014. Thought he might have turned the corner in this regard but not the case. Doesn't have enough playing speed or quickness to affect what happens to him in routes. Too often is in a trailing position which allows receivers to make plays on him. Just doesn't make enough plays on the ball. Doesn't show the hips or the ability to really change directions. If he does have a positive trait it's his ability to handle a receiver with size when he can get his hands on them. Appears to be a better player when the defensive coaches match him up with a receiver. Some of his best games are when he has these types of assignments.
Where He Fits: Thought that he might have had his salary reduced after last season but that was not the case at all. In the same situation this season and not sure if the front office will go that direction? Likely starter opposite Orlando Scandrick unless they make a move in free agency or with the draft. Feel that front office will keep Byron Jones at safety in that case. Has been reliable as a starter as far as not missing time - just hasn't been player wise what they thought he might. Scheme and ability has played a role in that during his career.
Nick Eatman: I think he gets a bad rap. Frustrated fans take it out on him and not the real culprits. Carr didn't sign himself to the $50 million deal. He didn't put that label on himself. Is he worth that kind of contract? Probably not, he hasn't had an interception in two full seasons. He's not a game-changing player. But to me, he's a good player who is dependable and you know he's going to be on the field each week. You certainly can't say that about some of the other cornerbacks. The Cowboys aren't hurting too bad for cap space right now but that could change if they get active in free agency. I wouldn't be surprised if they try to reduce Carr's salary, but cutting him doesn't seem like a smart option.