26-Year-Old Linebacker – Dallas Cowboys
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
After a highly promising 2012 season, Carter badly regressed in 2013, getting benched at times for poor play. The Cowboys remain dependent on the former second-round pick, however, as middle linebacke...
Bruce Carter Contract Information:
Signed a four-year deal with the Cowboys in July of 2011.
Carter (quadriceps) practiced fully in Friday's practice.
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Bruce Carter: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The fourth-year linebacker has been able to increase the intensity of his running in recent days, but Carter went ahead and ruled himself out for Week 7, meaning Kyle Wilber will draw another start at strong-side linebacker against New York. Carter seems optimistic, however, that he will be able to rebuild enough strength in time to play in Week 8, following a three-game absence.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones did not rule out Carter on Tuesday when speaking about the team's injured players with the media.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)With Carter out and Rolando McClain (groin) questionable, what was already a favorable matchup for Marshawn Lynch is now well beyond enticing.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Carter is nowhere near as good as teammate Sean Lee, but he's more durable and therefore lands ahead of Lee in the rankings. Carter is one of the more promising young linebackers in his own right, though, and he's primed for a big 2013 season as he returns from a season-ending dislocated elbow. He posted 70 tackles on 693 plays (606 defense, 87 special teams) before the injury struck, and Carter's rare combination of size and athleticism should allow him to add blitz and coverage potential to his already developed run-defending skills.
2011 second round pick is expected to step up and start next to Sean Lee at ILB, but will need to outperform veteran Dan Connor to do it. Carter has the speed and motor to put up good tackle numbers if he gets the chance, and his best case upside might be something similar to NaVorro Bowman's emergence next to Patrick Willis with the 49ers, but as yet he's an unproven commodity.
Second-round pick adds to the Cowboys' stable of talented but fragile ILBs. If he fully recovers from ACL surgery, he's got the speed and athleticism to be a tackling machine.