|Ht / Wt:||5'9" / 191 lb.|
|Born:||April 10, 1993|
|Drafted:||2015 / UDFA|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carter returned three kickoffs for 66 yards and one punt for 19 yards in Thursday's 34-20 loss to the Chiefs in Week 1.
Analysis: Carter served as the fifth wideout, a slot that came down him or Keke Coutee, who was inactive. Carter also played 13 snaps on offense and caught one of two targets for eight yards, but he's not expected to move the needle on offense unless there's an injury.
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.
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