Austin Carr

Austin Carr

Wide Receiver #80
Team:New Orleans
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 201 lb.
College:Northwestern
Age:25
Born:December 25, 1993
Drafted:2017 / UDFA

Austin Carr: Loses playing time

Carr, who was a healthy scratch in Week 17, finished the season with nine catches on 14 targets for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

Analysis: The second-year pro out of Northwestern played in 14 games for the Saints in 2018. Carr was actually named a starter on opening day but he typically drew the short end of the playing-time split. In fact, Carr averaged just 17 snaps per game following the activation of fellow slot receiver Keith Kirkwood in Week 10. Even when he saw the field, however, Carr offered little as a receiver. A solid blocker, Carr will likely continue to see snaps in the playoffs and possibly into next season, but he is unlikely to emerge as much of a fantasy option.

January 7, 2019 6:56 AM EST

Austin Carr: Healthy scratch against Panthers

Carr is listed as a healthy scratch for Monday night's game against the Panthers, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.

Analysis: The second-year wideout out of Northwestern has been active for every game this season, so coach Sean Payton's decision to sit Carr for Monday night's tilt with the Panthers comes as a surprise. Carr has recorded nine receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns this season. Offensive lineman Will Clapp is set to be active for the first time this season in Carr's absence.

December 17, 2018 4:11 PM EST

Austin Carr: Another touchdown in Week 12

Carr caught one pass for a 12-yard touchdown in Thursday night's win over the Falcons.

Analysis: Carr made his only target count, hauling in a wide-open second-quarter touchdown on Thanksgiving Day. The Northwestern product has now scored in back-to-back weeks -- the first two touchdowns of his NFL career -- but he played just 18 offensive snaps against the Falcons. Meanwhile, rookie slot receiver Keith Kirkwood saw 30 snaps and also caught a touchdown. With Carr losing the playing-time battle to Kirkwood, he is still probably belongs on the waiver wire in most fantasy leagues.

November 24, 2018 10:58 AM EST

Austin Carr: First career touchdown

Carr caught one pass for a three-yard touchdown in Sunday's win against the Eagles. He was targeted twice.

Analysis: Carr split time out of the slot with rookie Keith Kirkwood, though the latter was far more effective with three catches on five targets. Still, it was Carr who got the touchdown -- the first of his career -- and the former Northwestern Wildcat's second target was also of the end-zone variety but the ball was just over his head. Despite the score, Carr is still likely not worth owning in most leagues, as he has a mere eight catches all season.

November 20, 2018 4:23 AM EST

Austin Carr: Practices in full

Carr (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Carr appears to have fully recovered from a knee injury sustained during a Week 10 win over the Bengals. Barring any setbacks, the starting punt returner is on track to suit up against the Eagles on Sunday. With Dez Bryant (Achilles) and Cameron Meredith (knee) both having been placed on injured reserve, Carr is listed as the No. 3 wideout on New Orleans' depth chart and could be in line for a key offensive role going forward. Carr will compete with fellow depth receivers Brandon Marshall and Keith Kirkwood for limited targets.

November 15, 2018 2:14 PM EST

Austin Carr: Limited in practice Wednesday

Carr (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Carr appears to have sustained a knee injury during a Week 10 win over the Bengals, and his availability for Sunday's tilt against the Eagles is in question. If the depth wideout is unable to go Week 11, it could mean an increased offensive role for Keith Kirkwood or newly-signed veteran Brandon Marshall.

November 14, 2018 2:56 PM EST

Austin Carr: Two catches on Monday night

Carr caught both his targets for 17 yards in Monday night's win against the Redskins.

Analysis: Even on a night when Ted Ginn Jr. did not suit up, Carr played just 14 of the Saints' 66 offensive snaps. Clearly surpassed by Cameron Meredith as the team's preferred slot receiver, Carr probably does not need to be owned in most leagues, particularly with the Saints on bye in Week 6.

October 9, 2018 7:53 AM EST

Austin Carr: Loses playing time

Carr caught one pass on two targets for 25 yards in Sunday's win against the Falcons. He played only 13 of 79 offensive snaps.

Analysis: Carr's catch was a beauty, but Cameron Meredith (34 snaps), who made his Saints debut, and rookie Tre'Quan Smith (26 snaps) both saw more playing time than the former Northwestern receiver. While Carr received the nominal start in the season opener, he has just three receptions this year. As the team's fifth wide out, Carr probably does not need to be owned in most fantasy leagues.

September 25, 2018 6:18 PM EST

Austin Carr: Held without a catch in Week 2

Carr was targeted once but did not record a catch in Sunday's win against the Browns.

Analysis: Carr played 32 of the Saints' 66 offensive snaps, but failed to make an impact for the second week in a row. Despite continuing to serve as the team's preferred slot receiver, the Northwestern product probably does not need to be owned in most fantasy leagues.

September 17, 2018 7:55 AM EST

Austin Carr: Fails to make impact in starting role

Carr was on the field for 43 of the Saints' 64 offensive snaps in Sunday's 48-40 loss to the Buccaneers, finishing with two receptions for 20 yards on two targets.

Analysis: Though he received limited buzz heading into training camp, Carr ended up winning the starting slot receiver job in Week 1 while free-agent pickup Cameron Meredith was a healthy inactive. Despite the fact that quarterback Drew Brees uncorked 45 throws while the Saints played from behind most of the contest, Carr wasn't much of a factor, finishing fifth on the team in targets. New Orleans will likely be sizable favorites when they host the Browns in Week 2, so it's difficult to see Carr's role expanding much with the team likely to have a much more balanced pass/run ratio than their 46:13 mark in the opener.

September 10, 2018 1:33 PM EST

Austin Carr: Secures starting slot role

Carr will serve as the Saints' starting slot receiver Sunday against the Buccaneers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After going undrafted out of Northwestern in 2017, Carr cracked the Saints' Week 1 roster last season, but was only active for two games during his rookie campaign. However, with the Saints cutting ties with both of their top two slot options from last season in Brandon Coleman and Willie Snead, the door opened for Carr to take on a more meaningful role with the first-team offense during this past training camp and the preseason. His lack of pedigree or a prior track record of producing at the NFL level renders Carr little more than a speculative pickup at this juncture, but the prospect of gaining a meaningful role in a potent offense gives him some decent appeal.

September 9, 2018 6:01 AM EST

Austin Carr: Starts in the slot

Carr caught three passes for 38 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers.

Analysis: Most of the fantasy buzz this offseason has surrounded the presumed competition between Cameron Meredith and Tre'Quan Smith for the Saints' No. 3 receiver role. However, with Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn locked into starting roles as the "X" and "Z" receivers, it was Carr who played with the starters as the primary slot receiver in the Saints' third preseason game. A second-year pro out of Northwestern, Carr has felt like a forgotten man much of this summer but with Meredith and Smith both operating primarily as outside receivers -- spots currently occupied by Thomas and Ginn -- Carr could surprisingly emerge as a fantasy option in deeper leagues if he can secure the slot-receiver role. Keep in mind, however, that despite the third preseason game often being considered a "dress rehearsal," the Saints' receiver depth chart remains in flux and Carr could be just as easily cut as he could be named a starter.

August 27, 2018 11:09 AM EST

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