The Eagles are revving up for their third day of Training Camp and there will be a new wideout ready to hammer the throttle at the NovaCare Complex later today. That man is DeAndre Carter and unsurprisingly, he has a connection to a certain member of the Eagles Front Office. Here’s all you need to know.
A former standout at Sacramento State, Carter measures in at 5’8, 190 lbs, which is quite small for a wide receiver. This didn’t stop him from dominating his level, posting up 1,321 yards and 17 scores in his final season, building on the 934 yard campaign he punched in one year before.
After a strong showing at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Carter caught on with the Baltimore Ravens where Joe Douglas was working at the time. After just missing out on the final cuts, Carter would spend time on the practice squads in, New England, Oakland and most recently San Francisco.
At this stage, Carter is almost a ‘veteran’ of the offseason. He hasn’t been able to stick onto a final roster but has been around long enough to understand the process and what’s needed.
The Baltimore connection:
As aforementioned, the obvious link here is Joe Douglas. Carter is the third wideout on the current roster who has formerly played for the Ravens, more specifically when Douglas and Andy Weidl were working for the organization. There’s obviously a trend of a strong talent evaluation background and associating that with the new demands of building and sustaining an NFL roster. Douglas obviously sees value in the players he has strong reports on and there’s no harm in kicking the tires on a player who could have a strong offseason impact.
Considering his size, it’s hard to imagine Carter playing anywhere other than the slot. Although in each of his previous stops, he does have considerable experience in the return-game, which for a team struggling for special teams depth, could be a way for Carter to buck the trend of struggling to make a final roster.
Here’s a fun fact: De’Vante Bausby, everyone’s favorite cornerback underdog, completely out Carter down during a preseason game against the Niners last season.
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