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Without Domonique Foxworth, Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington (at times) on the practice field, Chris Carr has had to step up as the most-tenured Ravens cornerback.
Judging by the plays he’s made lately, Carr can handle the pressure.
“I’m just trying to be consistent, no matter how many reps I get,” Carr said. “If I take a pick to the house, I’m still just practicing anything I would do in a game. If you can be consistent, those plays will come.”
A few of those instances have already come. In Friday’s morning practice, Carr stepped in front of rookie wideout David Reed to intercept Marc Bulger and race untouched to the end zone. In the afternoon session, Carr nearly logged another pick when Bulger sailed a ball over his target.
On Saturday, he broke up a pass intended for Justin Harper in one-on-one drills, and later batted a bomb to Derrick Mason.
But as well as Carr is playing – the Ravens’ top nickel back did start six games last year, including two in the playoffs – the 27-year-old isn’t happy about Foxworth’s torn anterior cruciate ligament creating an open spot.
Carr was Foxworth’s training camp roommate, and Carr was the first person to hear his roomie’s status.
“We were both in shock,” said Carr. “But then we started talking about it later on. I didn’t want to give him too many speeches, because when something happens like that, there are so many people calling to talk to him. I just wanted to be there to vent.
“Just as a personal note, it’s tough. We both came together, and I feel like we’re the closest of any two people on this team.”
Still, Carr is confident the Ravens have enough depth to move on.
He’s teamed up with Travis Fisher on the first team, and the Ravens also have Walt Harris, Cary Williams, K.J. Gerard and Prince Miller to battle it out. Washington (knee), who has donned a red non-contact jersey when he’s practiced, and Webb (knee) could return by opening day.
“Even last year, we all felt like we have starters on our team, but it’s just two people who start,” said Carr. “There’s no jealousy. We feel like we have guys that can go get the job done. We can go out there with the depth and experience to overcome this.”