Duron Carter: ‘I Expect More Swagger From Myself’


According to Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Duron Carter, there’s still room for improvement in his receiving game, and he’s nowhere near satisfied with his latest performance:

"“Never happy, you know I could’ve gone out there and caught 300 (receiving) yards and still not been happy,” Carter told Colts.com. “You always want to get better, and I learned that from my dad (Cris Carter)– just to always keep a level head. I feel like I can go out there and make way more plays.”"

Aug 29, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (52) tackles Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Duron Carter (9) at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

While Carter was held to just 1 reception for 16 receiving yards in his first two preseason games combined, he showed progress last Saturday night against the St. Louis Rams, as he caught 3 receptions for 25 receiving yards.

It was by no means a perfect performance his last game, as the young wideout sometimes struggled beating cornerback jams near the line of scrimmage. However, Carter did show steady improvement overall.

Still, he’s the first one to acknowledge that there remains work to be done:

"“Everybody feels like I had a good game,” said Carter. “I feel like I had an O.K. game, but I feel like I could’ve made more (plays), done everything right. Until I get graded out as a 100 from my receivers coach, then I played a good game.”"

After playing considerably looser last weekend, Carter seemed less robotic in his routes and seemed a bit more fluid and comfortable out on the field. However, he’s hopeful for even bigger things against the Cincinnati Bengals in Thursday night’s preseason finale:

"“I expect more swagger from myself in a sense,” said Carter on his expectations for his final preseason game. “It’s my 4th game really, getting into it, and last game I played the most I’ve ever played in an NFL game,” added Carter. “So going into this game, there’s just a lot more confidence, just being me and knowing and doing what I can do. Hopefully, I can do something spectacular.”"

After such an impressive training camp, doing something spectacular would cement Carter’s status as the 5th wide receiver on the depth chart, where he’s currently battling holdover Griff Whalen and veteran Vincent Brown.

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