Sep 5, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils safety Alden Darby (4) breaks up a pass intended for Sacramento State Hornets wide receiver DeAndre Carter (2) during the first half at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
As the hunt for wide receiver depth continues for a (questionably) short handed Baltimore Ravens squad, word has come out that the team recently met with Sacramento State’s DeAndre Carter. Carter, a 2013 All-Big Sky First Team Conference Selection and 2014 finalist for the Walter Payton Award, is a speedster who runs a 4.38 40.
DeAndre Carter is not a Torrey Smith replacement by any means, however. He’s just simply too small at 5’8″ and 186 pounds, but he does possess the game breaking talent to be a solid kick returner and situational threat on offense. Carter had a very productive college career, racking up 207 receptions for 2760 yards receiving and 35 touchdowns across 41 games.
His best season came in 2014, when Carter racked up 99 receptions for 1321 yards and 17 touchdowns. Carter also fielded four punt returns last season, one of which went for a touchdown. Despite being a small school prospect, DeAndre Carter did make a bit of a name for himself at the NFLPA Bowl. In the words of ESPN’s Kevin Weidl, he quite simply “stole the show.”
Carter may not be a guy who can come in and be “the guy” at wide receiver, but he does seem like a good bet to come in and make a difference in the return game from day one. His game tape reveals a natural route runner with good hands, a guy who has the kind of natural ability to overcome his less than ideal size at the NFL level.
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