When starting cornerback Domonique Foxworth tore his ACL at the onset of training camp, Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters, "I can't wait to see who it is we're all talking about a month from now that stepped up to fill that spot."
Chris Carr took Foxworth's spot on the first-team defense when two-a-days began, a move that was thought by some -- this blogger included -- to be temporary. Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb were returning from knee surgery, and the Ravens were exploring trade options (eventually settling on Josh Wilson).
Carr told me at the time that he planned on earning a starting spot before Foxworth went down, saying, "My mentality hasn't changed. I have a lot of confidence in my abilities."
Four months later -- has it really been four months since training camp? -- Carr is still a starter.
The "next man up" cliché has been in full effect at the other cornerback spot (due to ineptitude, not injury). Wilson has taken Washington's starting job -- for now at least -- and Webb is seeing his fair share of snaps, too. Some fans are calling for Cary Williams to get a crack.
But Carr has been a constant, starting in every game this season. He is sixth on the team with 41 tackles, he has broken up five passes and he picked off Tom Brady in the loss to the Patriots.
"He's very, very intelligent," defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said two weeks ago. "He's got a lot of experience. Anytime you have experience at any position, it allows [you] to get everybody else ready to go. His communication and his intelligence back there has been a big part of it."
If Carr a shutdown corner? Not even close. But he has been a reliable, steadying presence in the Ravens secondary -- something that shouldn't be unappreciated.