The sight of Victor Cruz streaking down the Met Life Stadium sideline, trailed by Terence Newman, en route to a salsa-dance celebration illustrated why cornerback was such a desperate need for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys never recovered on New Year’s Day, getting whipped by the Giants in what amounted to the NFC East title game, in which Cruz caught six passes for 178 yards and a touchdown.
Consider that evidence of why the Cowboys were so eager to “pay retail,” as Jerry Jones prefers to say, for Brandon Carr.
Carr, who signed a five-year, $50.1 million deal with the Cowboys to replace Newman, vowed that Cruz’s days of dancing against the Cowboys are done. He vowed on a Friday appearance on ESPN’s NFL Live to get physical with Cruz when the Cowboys and Giants meet in the Sept. 5 season opener.
"I want to use all my body,” Carr said. “I'm six-foot, 200 pounds. I know he's got to run through me to get wherever he's running, so I'm going to be patient at the line. All that salsa dancing, that's fine, but you've got to come through me.
“I don't plan on seeing no dancing."
One problem with that plan: Carr probably won’t be covering Cruz when the Giants go to three-wide formations. When Cruz is operating out of the slot, he’ll probably be working against Orlando Scandrick, who was last seen getting soared over by Cruz on a deep ball that killed the Cowboys’ comeback hopes.