Cowboys’ Brandon Carr tired of talking about surrendering Odell Beckham’s catch

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) celebrates with wide receiver Dez Bryant after scoring on a 8-yard touchdown pass during the second quarter of NFL preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Arlington. (Smiley N. Odell Beckham Jr.’s one-handed, fallaway touchdown catch Nov. 23 at MetLife Stadium against the Dallas Cowboys was so spectacular that it obscured the fact that Dallas beat the then-rookie receiver’s New York Giants.Bryant enjoyed the finest season of his five-year career when he caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and an NFL-leading 16 touchdown receptions for the NFC East champions. Pool/The Dallas Morning News) On the Friday after the Cowboys finished their final preseason game, Lucky Whitehead went into his receivers meeting knowing the team’s finals cuts were due the next day. But Dallas defenders say Aaron Rodgers’ touchdown strikes are seared in their memory following last season’s playoff loss to the Packers. “We’ve got a chip on our shoulder,” said defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford. “And you already know how the defense feels about it with the game we played last year.” We’ve seen glimpses already of how much improvement this defense could show, and Cowboys defenders can’t wait for games that count to show how the investment made to upgrade the team’s defense will pay off.

He was also part of the group that attempted to cover Beckham last November when Beckham had 10 receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns. “You’ve got to understand, Dez has been doing this four, five, six years, this guy just came in one year,” Wilcox said. “But he’s a great player at what he does and at his position. Bryant’s non-catch came in the NFC semifinals against Green Bay when he made a leaping grab of a fourth-down bomb from Tony Romo in the closing minutes. But now — with newcomers like defensive lineman Greg Hardy, first-round draft choice cornerback Byron Jones, and second-round pick defensive end Randy Gregory — the bar has been raised. “We’re taking pride in being a full speed defense just peaking out, man,” said defensive end Jeremy Mincey. “Every play, every chance, every opportunity, just peak out.” “Guys just clocking in every day,” said cornerback Brandon Carr, “whether it’s in the classroom, walk-through, or practice, bring your hard hat and be ready to work.” When you talk to Cowboys defensive players, you get the sense they’re almost conflicted: They want to stay calm as game day approaches, but you also get the sense they can’t wait to get out there, start flying around and hitting guys to show just how good they can be. “I’m not even going to go where my mind’s at right now,” said Crawford. “Try to wrap somebody and throw them to the ground… that’s all I’m going to say.” But his wry smile hinted at how much more he wanted to predict.

Carr said he has watched replays of the catch “a few times” since the game, adding, “enough to learn from it and continue to move on and play football.” “What do you do when you are afraid of the dark?” Carr said. “Do you run from it, or just one day close the door, turn the lights off and go to sleep?” “My jaw was still dropped from that catch,” Mincey said. “I was running to the ball and saw that catch and was like, ‘Wow. Is he in or is he out?’ Unbelievable.” Putting the play in the past was not hard, Carr said, because he’s “always been hard-headed, so it all goes hand in hand. When a tight end like Jimmy Graham and Jason Witten, Jason Witten has got a little bit more on him because he’s been doing it for a longer time, so it’s the same thing with those two.

They’re both great at their positions and both of them make great plays.” As the two teams meet Sunday night, the Cowboys feel more confident in their defense than the one Beckham torched in a Giants loss a year ago, even with Orlando Scandrick out for the season and Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain out for the first four games. “I think everybody is comfortable with the defense now,” Wilcox said. “I’m growing as a player, trying to grow into that role as a veteran safety and we’ve got Church, and Sean Lee back. Beckham’s catch came at home against the Cowboys on the Sunday before Thanksgiving — a leaping, body-bending, one-handed stab over Brandon Carr of a 43-yard Eli Manning bomb at the goal line for a touchdown. They asked the doctor in the hallway what room the family was in and whether the baby had a name. “He said, ‘Yeah, his name is Lucky and they’re in that room,’ ” Whitehead said. “I guess it was a joke to him, and that’s what he said. My mom was like, ‘Who is that?’ It kind of stuck since then.” Through the preseason, Whitehead, an undrafted free agent, gained a number of fans, and he’s still adjusting to the publicity that comes from being a Dallas Cowboy. “There’s a lot of people that just come out of nowhere and they just congratulate you,” Whitehead said. “On Instagram and Twitter you just constantly get notifications and notifications, so it’s definitely new for me but I guess it’s something I’ve got to get used to.” Whitehead estimated his Twitter following has grown by four or five thousand since training camp started and his Instagram following has grown by 20,000.

Whitehead has been growing out them out for six years now and refuses to cut them. “Everyone keeps saying dye it blue but it’s kind of hard to get red out,” Whitehead said. “If I try to dye it blue I’m going to have to put more bleach in them.

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