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Carr Joins Bolts to Bolster Secondary
Thin at cornerback heading into this Sunday’s game against the high-octane New Orleans Saints, the San Diego Chargers bolstered their secondary by signing seasoned veteran Chris Carr. He will wear number 22 and be officially added to the active roster on Wednesday.
“Chris is an experienced player,” said head coach Norv Turner. “I was fortunate to be with him for a couple years in Oakland. He’s bounced around the league a little bit but has played at a high level. He’s been a starter in a couple of places so he brings experience. He can play in the slot and on the outside, so he’s a good addition for us.”
Over seven seasons, Carr accumulated 209 tackles, six interceptions and 2.5 sacks during stints with the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens. He spent this year’s training camp with the Minnesota Vikings but was released during the team’s final cuts. As the 5-foot-10, 181-pound cornerback kept himself in shape, he determined early on that he would only sign with a team that gave him a chance to win a championship. He believes the Chargers are that team.
“My mind set was that I’ve been in the league for a while and I want to go to a contender,” he said. “If a team that wasn’t a contender called me up, I probably wasn’t going to go. So when the Chargers called me up I felt fortunate to have the opportunity. I’m extremely excited to join the Chargers. I know a lot of coaches on this staff and a lot of players. They’re a contender and a good team that competes year after year. San Diego is a beautiful place, so I’m really excited about this opportunity.”
While this signing provides a short term solution for cornerback depth with Shareece Wright still sidelined due to an ankle injury, Carr is part of the team’s long term plans as well.
“It is an immediate need with Shareece Wright’s situation, but it’s a long term need for us too,” said Turner. “Kansas City threw it 45 times, and last week I think the Saints threw it 55 times. If you look at our schedule, we play a lot of good quarterbacks who throw the ball a lot. We were getting thin in the secondary and we had to do something.”
Being new to the organization, it will be difficult for Carr to be up to complete speed for Sunday night’s match in New Orleans. Nonetheless, he is focused on putting the work in to be an impact player on the field from the very first snap.
“If you’re a competitor, it doesn’t matter if you only have a couple days to prepare,” he said. “You just have to make sure that you really dig down and don’t get complacent. Right now, I’ve got a whole playbook to learn and I’ve also got to watch film. In one sense it can be seen as detrimental, but it can be really beneficial too because you’re really focused in and locked in pretty much all day and all night. That can be really good going into game day. It’s going to be a lot of work to play well on Sunday, but I’m willing to do that.”
Overall, Carr is a savvy veteran who will serve to stabilize the secondary.
“I bring consistency,” he said. “I’m going to know the calls and know what to do. Once I feel comfortable out there I’m going to make plays because I’ve got a good mental approach to the game and a good technique. I’m really all about football, so that’s going to be my main approach here.” Read