|Ht / Wt:||5'9" / 191 lb.|
|Born:||April 10, 1993|
|Drafted:||2015 / UDFA|
Despite facing tough competition for snaps on offense, Carter should manage to retain his roster spot with the Texans in 2020, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, Kenny Stills and Randall Cobb all have extensive NFL experience as starters, while Carter and Keke Coutee both have spent some time in the No. 3 receiver role for Houston. It was Carter who handled that job when Fuller missed a playoff game in January, while Coutee made just two appearances after mid-November. The other factor working in Carter's favor is versatility, as he was the Texans' primary returner for both kicks and punts last season. Of course, the team may decide to keep six wide receivers anyway, or else could trade one of them away to free up the logjam.
The Texans signed Carter to a contract extension Wednesday, Brett Okamoto reports.
Analysis: Carter was set to become an exclusive-rights free agent March 18, but the team has opted to re-sign the 26-year-old before without letting him explore other options. A core special-teams asset, Carter stands to reprise his usual role as a return specialist and depth wideout for the 2020 season.
Carter caught is lone target for 17 yards and lost a fumble on a kickoff return in Sunday's 51-31 playoff loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: In the midst of Houston's collapse, Carter was dislodged of the ball on a kickoff return that set up Kansas City's third touchdown. To be fair, this was a team-wide collapse, but Carter's fumble fueled the Chiefs' gathering momentum in the second quarter. He finished with 11 catches for 162 yards, while averaging 22.0 yards on kickoff returns and 9.7 yards on punt returns during the regular season. Carter was Houston's primary returner and emerged ahead of Keke Coutee as the fourth wideout. The 26-year-old enters the offseason as an exclusive rights free agent, meaning the Texans can retain him with one-year, league-minimum contract.
Carter caught one of two targets for five yards in Saturday's 22-19 overtime win over the Bills in their wild-card round playoff game.
Analysis: Carter moved up to third wideout, playing 55 of 69 snaps (80 percent), as Will Fuller V (groin) was inactive for a second straight week. The Texans are hopeful Fuller will be available for next Sunday's divisional-round meeting with the Chiefs, so Carter could drop back to fourth on the depth chart. In any event, Carter will remain Houston's top returner on punts and kickoffs.
Carter hauled in six of seven targets for 65 yards in the team's Week 17 loss to the Titans.
Analysis: Carter benefitted from the absence or light usage of DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Kenny Stills, racking up a season-best six receptions. After recording 20 catches in his second professional season, Carter incurred a lessened role in 2019, managing just 11 total receptions. With the entirety of the Texans' receiving corps set to return in 2020, Carter shouldn't be expected to see an increased workload in the near future.
Carter caught both of his targets for 44 yards during Saturday's 23-20 win over Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Carter delivered Houston's biggest play from scrimmage midway through the fourth quarter, breaking deep toward the sideline and corralling a 39-yard bomb to set up what would end up being the game-winning field goal. The sophomore receiver hasn't been too involved in the offense this season, his last catch having come Week 9. He may see an uptick in usage in the season finale against a tough Titans defense depending on the health of Will Fuller, who left Saturday's game with a groin injury.
Carter played just one snap on offense in Sunday's 13-12 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Keke Coutee's return to action resulted in a sharp decline in playing time for Carter, who dropped from 28 snaps in Week 1. For now, Carter will have to make his contributions as a return man; he had one punt return for five yards.
With news the Keke Coutee (ankle) may not be ready for Week 1, Carter stands as the primary beneficiary of playing time, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said he was "not hopeful" that Coutee will be available Sept. 9 against New Orleans. Carter helped fill in for Coutee in 2018, catching 20 passes over seven games after the Texans claimed him mid-season.
Carter caught all three targets for a team-high 40 yards in Houston's preseason Week 2 win over Detroit.
Analysis: Carter started the game with Keke Coutee (ankle) unavailable and caught a pair of passes from quarterback Deshaun Watson on the game's opening drive that ended in a touchdown. He also served as the starting returner on both punts and kickoffs. Carter came off the PUP list this week and was given a vote of confidence by head coach Bill O'Brien as a potential fill-in starter should Coutee not be available when the regular season kicks in.
Houston head coach Bill O'Brien said Carter is in position to fill in if Keke Coutee (ankle) is not ready to play the season opener Sept. 9 against New Orleans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Carter received ample playing time last season after the Texans claimed him off waivers from the Eagles mid-season. He became Houston's primary returner on both punts and kickoffs and caught 20 of 23 targets for 195 yards as a fill-in for Coutee in 2018. "We talked about that last night, relative to Keke's injury and I'm glad we have DeAndre Carter," O'Brien said. "He's a good solid player, he's got good quickness, he's a strong player." Carter was recently activated off the PUP list and should see his first preseason action Saturday against the Lions.
Carter (undisclosed) returned from the PUP-P list Saturday, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Carter appears to have shaken whatever was keeping him off the practice field since the start of August. Considering Keke Coutee is expected to miss an extended portion of the preseason after picking up an ankle injury in the team's opening contest against the Packers, Carter stands to immediately benefit from the absence. Newly acquired running back Duke Johnson could also factor in the slot as well, but the 26-year-old impressed when forced into duty last season, posting at least 30 receiving yards in four out of the final six games including the postseason while Coutee and Will Fuller (knee) were out with injuries.
Carter (undisclosed) was placed on the physically unable to perform list.
Analysis: It was unknown that Carter was dealing with an injury this offseason, but he will likely start camp on the PUP list. The 25-year-old earned a one-year deal this offseason with the Texans, after he suited up in seven games for Houston, nabbing 20 of 23 targets for 195 yards. It's unclear how long Carter will last on the list, but can come off at any time.
Carter signed a one-year, $570,000 contract with the Texans on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: The fact that the contract is under $1million, and a one-year deal suggest that Carter will have to fight for a roster spot for 2019. Last season, the 25-year-old was thrust into a slot role and caught 20 of 23 targets for 195 yards in seven games. Carter was also prominent on special teams, racking up 221 kick return yards and 146 punt return yards, which would add to his value.
Carter is re-signing an undisclosed contract with the Texans.
Analysis: When injuries pilled up on the Texans' receiving corps last season, Carter was thrust into a slot role and caught 20 of 23 targets for 195 yards in seven games. The 25-year-old also was prominent on special teams, racking up 221 kick return yards and 146 punt return yards. Carter will likely return to his depth role as a wide receiver and return man on special teams in 2019.
Carter caught two passes for 21 yards before being waived by the Eagles, then hauled in 20 of 23 targets for 195 yards with the Texans during the regular season.
Analysis: Carter was waived by the Eagles on Nov. 6, and scooped up by the Texans the following day. The 25-year-old midseason acquisition was thrust into a featured offensive role due to injuries to Keke Coutee and Demaryius Thomas, but never managed to eclipse 30 receiving yards in a single game in Houston. He also rushed once for seven yards while serving as the team's top return-man. Carter is set to become an exclusive rights free agent this offseason, so the Texans need only to offer him a one-year. minimum terms contract to re-sign him.
Carter caught four of five targets for 33 yards and averaged 9.3 yards on six punt returns in Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: For the second consecutive game, Carter was the second-leading receiver behind DeAndre Hopkins. The mid-season acquisition has emerged with a big role in the passing offense, replacing the injured Keke Coutee (hamstring) at slot receiver while averaging 4.4 targets over the last five games. With Coutee missing the final five games of the regular season, his status for next week's Wild Card Round playoff match against the Colts is questionable. That means Carter could have a similar role next week.
Carter caught six of seven targets for 61 yards in Sunday's 32-30 loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: The revenge-game narrative fits Carter in this case, as he saved his biggest game of the season for the team that waived him twice this season. He has now turned in back-to-back efforts of at least 60 total yards. If Keke Coutee (hamstring) can't return for Week 17 at home against Jacksonville, then Carter would be in line for additional playing time once again.
Carter is expected to slot in behind DeAndre Hopkins and Demaryius Thomas on the depth chart after Keke Coutee (hamstring) was downgraded to out for Sunday's game.
Analysis: Carter has flourished in recent weeks thanks to the lingering hamstring injury to Coutee, who is slated to miss his fourth straight contest. In the past three games, Carter has tallied nine catches for 87 yards, however that's also taking into account Week 15 which saw the second-year wideout leave the contest with a concussion early in the first half. The passing game is once again expected to be the focal point of the Texans' offense given Lamar Miller (ankle) is out Sunday, which might make the 25-year-old an even more intriguing name in deeper fantasy formats.
Carter, who's been targeted 10 times over the last three weeks, could continue to be involved in the offense Week 16 against the Eagles with Keke Coutee (hamstring) deemed questionable, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Carter would have been targeted more if not for a concussion he suffered against the Colts in Week 14. Coutee's injury has unlocked an opportunity for Carter, the Sacramento State star who scored 31 touchdowns over his final two seasons in the Big Sky Conference. Carter has caught 10 off 11 targets since joining the Texans, including a career-long 50-yard reception last week against the Jets.
Carter caught two of three targets for 55 yards while playing 60 percent of the offensive snaps in Saturday's 29-22 win over the Jets.
Analysis: Carter left Houston's previous game with a concussion but was able to rebound quickly and not miss any time. With Keke Coutee's continuing hamstring issues -- he missed a third straight game Saturday -- Carter's involvement in the offense has grown. He's the third wideout until Coutee returns.
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