Deandre Carter

Los Angeles Chargers
Wide Receiver #14
Los Angeles Chargers
Wide Receiver #14

Deandre Carter News

Season-high 10 targets

Carter recorded seven receptions on 10 targets for 73 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 25-24 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Despite the presence of Keenan Allen, Carter turned 10 targets into seven receptions -- both of which were season highs. His performance was highlighted by a 33-yard touchdown reception late in the second quarter, and he also chipped in catches of 13 and 12 yards. Carter's role will likely fade once Mike Williams (ankle) is able to return, though it's unclear when that may be.

Nov 27, 2022 7:52 PM EST


Still factor in passing game

Carter caught all three of his targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 30-27 win over the Chiefs.

Analysis: The return of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams figured to relegate Carter back to his return duties, but the speedy receiver immediately returned to a prominent role after Williams suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter. Expect Carter to continue to be a mainstay in the Chargers' three-wideout packages until the duo of Allen and Williams is completely healthy.

Nov 21, 2022 8:40 PM EST



Good to go for Week 11

Carter (ribs) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game versus the Chiefs.

Analysis: With both Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (ankle) sidelined the last two contests, Carter put up a combined 9-117-1 line on 10 targets while playing at least 82 percent of the offensive snaps. Carter joined his fellow wide receivers on Week 11 injury reports, going LP/LP/FP like Allen and Williams due to a rib injury. While Carter has been cleared to play this weekend, Allen and Williams are questionable. As a result, if one or both happen to sit out again Sunday, Carter could be in line for another decent dose of passes from quarterback Justin Herbert.

Nov 18, 2022 1:56 PM EST


Logs limited practice

Carter (ribs) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: The same applies to both Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (ankle) and if one or both of the Chargers' top two wideouts are able to return to action Sunday night against the Chiefs, Carter's workload could take a hit in Week 11, assuming he's active. In this past weekend's loss to the 49ers, Carter caught all four of his targets for 64 yards and a touchdown while seeing action on 50 of a possible 58 snaps on offense alongside Joshua Palmer (55 snaps, three catches on eight targets) and Michael Bandy (49 snaps, zero catches).

Nov 16, 2022 4:26 PM EST


Scores touchdown in loss

Carter caught all four of his targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 22-16 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Carter was the recipient of a wide-open touchdown to begin the Chargers' opening possession, but the speed receiver was relatively held in check from that point forward as the 49ers limited any subsequent big plays. Carter's been an offensive factor with both Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (ankle) sidelined, but both receivers could be returning soon, which would relegate the 29-year-old back to his typical special teams duties.

Nov 13, 2022 9:09 PM EST



Five catches in Week 9 win

Carter (illness) caught five of six targets for 53 yards in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Falcons.

Analysis: Carter finished with exactly half the receiving yardage total of Joshua Palmer but still ranked second on the team as the Chargers played without Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (ankle). He also retained his usual role as the return man on special teams, totaling 29 yards on three punt returns and 18 yards on one kickoff return. Carter's expanded role in Los Angeles' Justin Herbert-led passing game is intriguing, but even if the team's top two wide receivers remain sidelined in Week 10, getting open won't be easy against the stingy San Francisco secondary.

Nov 6, 2022 2:38 PM EST


Suits up Sunday

Carter (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Given that Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (knee) are inactive Sunday, Joshua Palmer and Carter figure to lead the Chargers' Week 9 wideout corps. With increased opportunities likely on tap for Carter in that scenario, the 29-year-old - who has caught 19 passes on 28 targets for 229 yards and a TD in seven games to date -- represents a fantasy lineup option for those who roster Allen or Williams, or are seeking short-term WR help, with six NFL teams on bye.

Nov 6, 2022 8:37 AM EST


Questionable due to illness

Carter is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest in Atlanta due to an illness, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: While Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (knee) have been ruled out for Week 9, Joshua Palmer has cleared the concussion protocol and is set to play for the first time since Week 6. Carter seemingly would be next in line for targets, if he's active, but an illness will follow him into the weekend. Assuming Carter is able to suit up Sunday, he'll enter the contest with marks of 12.1 YPC, 8.2 YPT and one touchdown on 19 catches and 28 targets in seven games this season.

Nov 4, 2022 1:15 PM EST


Three catches against Seattle

Carter caught three of seven targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: With Joshua Palmer (concussion) inactive, Keenan Allen on a pitch count in his first game back from a hamstring strain, and Mike Williams carted off in the fourth quarter after suffering an ankle injury, Justin Herbert's option were limited as he attempted to put together a late comeback. As a result, both Carter and Michael Bandy (a woeful one catch for minus-5 yards on six targets) set new season highs for themselves in targets, although neither had much to show for it. The Chargers get a timely Week 8 bye, which should at the very least allow Allen to resume his normal workload after another week of rest, but Carter could still end up handling a bigger role in the offense if Williams' injury proves to be serious.

Oct 23, 2022 7:00 PM EST


Season high in targets

Carter caught three of his five looks for 17 yards in Monday's 19-16 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Both Carter and tight end Gerald Everett acted as quarterback Justin Herbert's security blanket on a night where the Broncos pass rush feasted on the opposing offensive line. The speedy receiver had lost playing time in consecutive weeks, so while Monday's outing might be a positive change of happenstance, it's more likely just the counter to what was a fierce pass rush. Keenan Allen (hamstring) hinted he could make his return next week, which would all but end Palmer's offensive snaps.

Oct 17, 2022 9:07 PM EST


Does little in win

Carter caught both of his targets for nine yards in Sunday's 30-28 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Carter continues to see plenty of playing time (59 percent of the offensive snaps Sunday), but after a three-game stretch to begin the season as a deep-threat specialist, the Chargers have simply used his speed as a decoy and in the process, limiting his average depth of target dramatically. Keenan Allen (hamstring) should be back soon, which in turn would likely dramatically cut Carter's playing time.

Oct 11, 2022 12:10 PM EST


Does little in win

Carter caught two of his three targets for 16 yards in the 34-24 win Sunday over the Texans.

Analysis: The days of Carter being a fringe fantasy play are likely over as Keenan Allen, who had missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, is listed as day-to-day heading into the Week 5 matchup against the Browns. During Allen's three-game absence, Carter never saw more than four targets, but after two straight weeks to open the season with receptions of 20-plus yards, the speedy receiver has largely been used as a gimmick option since then.

Oct 3, 2022 7:30 PM EST


Kept in check in loss

Carter corralled three receptions for 31 yards and also lost five yards on a carry in Sunday's 38-10 drubbing at the hands of the Jaguars.

Analysis: Carter saw just four targets despite the Chargers attempting 45 passes in what quickly turned into a blowout. The speedy wide receiver once again took a backseat to Joshua Palmer (six catches, 99 yards) and also saw Jalen Guyton make some plays (two catches, 64 yards) before suffering a serious knee injury. Expect Carter to fall out of the rotation as soon as Keenan Allen (hamstring) is able to return, which could be as soon as Week 4 against the Texans.

Sep 25, 2022 8:05 PM EST


Another three catches in loss

Carter recorded three receptions for 55 yards in Thursday's 27-24 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Carter was kept in check for most of the contest until the final drive when a clearly injured Justin Herbert lasered a pass to the speedy wideout for 35 yards, setting up a short touchdown pass to Joshua Palmer immediately after. Carter played a whopping 49 snaps with Keenan Allen (hamstring) sidelined and a similar type of workload could be on deck if the veteran pass catcher is forced to miss Week 3 against the Jaguars.

Sep 16, 2022 8:25 AM EST


Should be involved again

Carter's teammate Keenan Allen (hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against Kansas City.

Analysis: Carter stepped in as the No. 3 receiver after Allen's departure from the season-opening win over Las Vegas, catching three of four targets for 64 yards and a TD to outproduce both Mike Williams and Joshua Palmer. Those two played at least three-fourth of offensive snaps, however, while Carter finished at 37 percent. Now on his fifth team in five seasons, Carter has enjoyed flashes of deep-league fantasy relevance but hasn't yet reached even 300 receiving yards in a season.

Sep 14, 2022 12:41 PM EST


Emerges as key target

Carter caught three of his four targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-19 victory over the Raiders.

Analysis: An offseason import from the Commanders, Carter immediately made an impact after Keenan Allen left with a hamstring injury, as he raced up the seam for a 23-yard touchdown to close the first half. With Jalen Guyton noticeably absent from the Chargers' offensive gameplan, Carter is easily the team's fastest wideout and thus could be the biggest benefit of Herbert's electric arm. If Allen misses additional time, the 29-year-old could make for an intriguing pickup in deeper fantasy leagues.

Sep 11, 2022 5:14 PM EST


Headed to LA

Carter signed with the Chargers on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Carter recorded a career-best 24 receptions for 296 yards and three touchdowns in 2021 as a member of the Washington Commanders. Now joining a wide receiver corps that already boasts Keenan Allen and Mike Williams among others, Carter isn't likely to improve upon -- or perhaps even repeat -- those marks. However, his primary value will come from his work in the return game, as he has proven to be both a valuable kick and punt returner throughout his professional career.

Apr 7, 2022 8:07 PM EST


Enjoys solid, versatile campaign

Carter played all 17 games fo Washington in 2021, catching 24 of 44 targets for 296 yards and three touchdowns, and adding 16 punt returns for 134 yards and 36 kickoff returns for 904 yards and a fourth TD.

Analysis: Carter bounced around from Houston to Philadelphia to Chicago from 2018-20, with this being just the second time he's spent the full season with one team. He even had a stretch as Washington's No. 2 receiver, which lasted about a month and a half before he moved back to a special-teams and reserve role over the final few weeks of the season. Carter is a late bloomer who made his first regular-season NFL appearance at 25, and he'll turn 29 in April about a month after he's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. If nothing else, Carter should draw interest as a return specialist and No. 4/5 receiver.

Jan 13, 2022 5:54 AM EST


Loses starting job

Carter played only 22 percent of snaps in Sunday's 56-14 loss to Dallas, catching one of two targets for five yards.

Analysis: Carter has dropped back into a rotation the past two weeks, following seven straight games in which he topped 50 percent snaps share. It'll likely be a mix of him, Adam Humphries, Cam Sims, Dyami Brown and Dax Milne splitting snaps behind No. 1 receiver Terry McLaurin over the final two weeks of the season.

Dec 27, 2021 5:38 AM EST


Three touches in loss

Carter secured two of three targets for 12 yards while rushing once for 12 yards in Tuesday's 27-17 loss to Philadelphia.

Analysis: Carter has now had at least three targets in six of the last seven games, but he's totaled just 30 receiving yards across the last three weeks. He struggled with efficiency once again Tuesday with Garrett Gilbert under center and ranked seventh on the team in receiving yards. Across his last seven appearances, the 28-year-old has hauled in 17 of 30 targets for 201 yards and three touchdowns while rushing four times for 17 yards.

Dec 22, 2021 8:50 AM EST


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