Colts Wideout Duron Carter Getting Reps in Return Game
According to the Indy Star’s Stephen Holder, the Indianapolis Colts have been giving freshly signed wideout Duron Carter some reps as a special teams returnman early in OTA’s. While the former CFL standout doesn’t have extensive return game experience, he did make the most of his one opportunity per Holder:
The 6’5″, 205 pound Carter has some speed to his game despite his big frame for the wide receiver position, as his deceivingly long stride has helped him escape from opposing cornerbacks time and time again.
Jun 26, 2014; Montreal Alouettes wide receiver Duron Carter poses for a photo. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports
As a wide receiver projected to be lower on the depth chart for the Colts, Carter could become a solid special teams return option for the team. If he can prove he can adequately handle such a responsibility, such versatility will drastically help his chances of making the roster and seeing the field.
If nothing else, it will provide the Colts with a counterpart, as well as additional insurance should the heavy favorite to assume special teams return responsibilities, Phillip Dorsett, falter or get hurt.
For a wide receiver lower on the depth chart, Carter has to be able to prove that he can play special teams at a high level, otherwise it’s not out of the question that someone like Quan Bray or Vincent Brown could take his projected spot at wideout.
It’s worth noting that per Carter’s former team, the CFL Montreal Alouettes and their website, he had 1 kick return for 22 yards in 2013, and 2 punt returns for a total of 11 yards in 2014 during his time playing north of the border. Nothing earth-shattering, but it does show that Carter at least has some limited experience in the special teams return game, which should help his cause.
Time will tell, but it’ll be interesting to see if he’s back there returning kicks along with Dorsett come next season’s opener.
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