Deandre Carter

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

Deandre Carter News

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

Washington-Eagles moved to Tuesday

Carter and Washington will no longer play the Eagles on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues within Washington's organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Football Team will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster.

Dec 17, 2021 1:54 PM EST

Targeted five times in loss

Carter caught two of his five targets for 12 yards during Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: After a four-game stretch that saw Carter catch 12 of 20 targets for 171 yards and three touchdowns, the speedy wideout has only caught three passes for 18 yards over his last two games. The good news is that Carter saw five targets Sunday, his fifth game with at least five targets this season. However, the overall production wasn't there as Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen both struggled to complete passes against Dallas' improved secondary. With Terry McLaurin in concussion protocols, Carter may be operating as the No. 1 wideout against the Eagles in Week 15.

Dec 14, 2021 11:49 AM EST

Targeted once

Carter caught his lone target for six yards in Sunday's 17-15 win over the Raiders, playing 49 of 67 snaps (73 percent) on offense.

Analysis: It was Carter's fourth start in the past five games, and his fifth in a row finishing in the range of 67-75 percent. Curtis Samuel's return (to a limited role) hasn't impacted Carter's snap or route shares, but the journeyman speedster nonetheless came up short in the production department this past Sunday, after catching 12 of 20 targets for 171 yards and three TDs over this past four games. Carter's likely done enough to keep the job for Week 14 against Dallas, but another quiet outing could have him looking over his shoulder at Samuel or third-round rookie Dyami Brown.

Dec 6, 2021 6:43 AM EST

Extends touchdown streak

Carter caught two of three targets for 22 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-21 win over the Panthers. He also rushed once but lost three yards.

Analysis: Carter's touchdown streak was brought to three straight games thanks to his four-yard score during the third quarter. Although Carter couldn't reach 50 yards like in the two games prior, his end-zone trip nonetheless made for an impactful day. The wideout will strive to keep his scoring stretch going in Week 12 versus the Seahawks.

Nov 21, 2021 2:08 PM EST

Records another TD in win

Carter brought in three of six targets for 56 yards and a touchdown, rushed once for four yards, returned one punt for 10 yards and ran back two kickoffs for 47 yards in Washington's 29-19 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: The speedster was productive in multiple roles again Sunday, and his 20-yard touchdown grab early in the second quarter extended Washington's early lead to 13-0. Carter has seemingly begun to carve out a role for himself on offense during the extended absence of Curtis Samuel (groin), as he now has multiple receptions and a receiving touchdown in back-to-back games. The undrafted Sacramento State product is an intriguing option, particularly in formats that count return yards, going into a Week 11 road matchup versus the Panthers.

Nov 14, 2021 3:50 PM EST

Finds end zone in loss

Carter caught three of six targets for 51 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: The Washington passing game didn't have a whole lot of success on the afternoon, with running back J.D. McKissic being Taylor Heinicke's most effective option, but Carter led the wide receivers in yards and scored the team's only TD on a 20-yard grab in the third quarter. It was only the second time this season the 28-year-old has seen more than one target in a game this season, and Carter's role could shrink again coming out of a Week 9 bye if the likes of Curtis Samuel (groin) use the extra time off to get healthy.

Oct 31, 2021 6:35 PM EST

Productive in Sunday's loss

Carter caught four of eight targets for 62 yards in Sunday's 33-22 loss to the Saints, He also gained 11 yards on his lone carry.

Analysis: Pressed into a larger role in the offense with Dyami Brown (knee) and Cam Sims (hamstring) both out of action, Carter became even more important for Washington when Curtis Samuel left the game with a groin injury. Carter came into the week with only one catch on the year, but he could be poised for another productive effort in Week 6 against Kansas City.

Oct 10, 2021 4:02 PM EST

Could see bump in playing time

Coach Ron Rivera said Carter will get more playing time on offense Sunday against the Saints, John Keim of reports.

Analysis: The absences of Dyami Brown (knee) and Cam Sims (hamstring), coupled with uncertainty over the health of Curtis Samuel (groin) should open up more opportunities for Carter behind Terry McLaurin and Adam Humphries. Though Carter has previously struggled to make much of an impact in the NFL, he's off to a strong start this season in a special teams capacity, as he was named NFC special teams player of the week after scoring a 101-yard kickoff return touchdown against the Falcons. Now, the 28-year-old wide receiver could get more opportunities to utilize his shiftiness on offense while still maintaining a prominent special teams role.

Oct 8, 2021 12:58 PM EST

Manages return TD

Carter secured his only target for 24 yards during Sunday's 34-30 win over the Falcons. He also racked up 152 kick return yards, including a touchdown.

Analysis: Carter was named NFC special teams player of the week for his performance in Washington's narrow win over Atlanta. His highlight play came on the opening kick return of the second half, which he converted into a 101 yard return and score. On the season, Carter is averaging 27.8 yards per kick return and 9.3 yards per punt return.

Oct 6, 2021 6:54 AM EST

Battling for depth spot

Carter is in the mix for a roster spot, according to John Keim of

Analysis: Washington appears to have open competition for the third through fifth/sixth spots at wide receiver, with Carter joined by Adam Humphries, Dyami Brown, Cam Sims, Steven Sims, Kelvin Harmon, Antonio Gandy-Golden and Isaiah Wright. It's a deep group -- one where nearly anyone could win the No. 3 job, and anyone besides Brown (a rookie third-round pick) could be released. Carter probably wouldn't make the cut on his wideout credentials alone, but his ability to return punts and kicks could put him over the top.

Aug 2, 2021 12:26 PM EST

Joins WFT

Carter signed with the Washington Football Team on Thursday.

Analysis: Undrafted back in 2015, Carter has played 32 of his 43 NFL games for the Texans, logging 63 punt returns, 45 kick returns and 34 receptions. He's entering his age-28 season and still hasn't scored a touchdown in the NFL, but Carter nonetheless could fit with Washington as a return specialist and backup slot receiver. Come training camp, he'll compete with the likes of Steven Sims and Isaiah Wright, while Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel and Adam Humphries figure to see most of the first-team snaps.

Apr 1, 2021 12:49 PM EST

Back from COVID-19 list

Carter was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.

Analysis: Carter will return to the lineup in Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He's not expected to play much on offense, but he should be the Bears' primary punt returner. The 27-year-old has averaged 8.7 yards per punt return this season.

Dec 22, 2020 4:25 PM EST

Shifts to COVID list

Carter was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Carter joined the Bears on Nov. 18, and he has so far made two appearances for his new team after suiting up nine times as a member of the Texans between Weeks 1 and 10. The 27-year-old has been assisting on punt returns while contributing a minor offensive role this season, but he'll remain unavailable for the immediate future upon posting a positive COVID-19 test Thursday morning.

Dec 10, 2020 3:27 PM EST

Finds new home

The Bears claimed Carter off waivers Wednesday, Larry Mayer of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Carter was waived by the Texans on Tuesday, and he didn't have to wait long to find a new team. The Sacramento State product has been effective in the return game this season, averaging 8.7 yards on 11 punt returns and 20.8 yards on 12 kickoff returns with the Texans. Since Tarik Cohen suffered a torn ACL in Week 3 against the Falcons, the team have used three different punt return men, so Carter could slot into that role as early as Week 12 with the Bears on their bye week.

Nov 18, 2020 4:30 PM EST

Let go by Houston

Carter was waived by the Texans on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The 27-year-old was removed from his duties as the kick returner and split punt returns with Will Fuller during Sunday's loss tot he Browns, and the Texans decided to part ways. C.J. Prosise handled kickoff returns in his place. Carter has one catch for eight yards, returned 12 kickoffs for 250 yards and 11 punts for 96 yards in nine games this season.

Nov 16, 2020 3:07 PM EST

Reduced return role

Carter was replaced as the returner on kickoffs by C.J. Prosise in Sunday's 10-7 loss to the Browns, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The Texans cut back on Carter's duties on special teams, replacing him completely on kickoffs while having wide receiver Will Fuller share the punt return duties. Carter returned one punt for nine yards in the loss.

Nov 16, 2020 5:26 AM EST

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