The Houston Texans made a move during the bye week, claiming wide receiver DeAndre Carter off of waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles. The big question is what Carter will bring to the Texans as the team enters an important stretch of the season now sitting at 6-3. Carter is coming to the Texans as a victim of a numbers game. Due to the Eagles' need for a defensive tackle on the 53-man roster, Carter was cut loose.
Texans general manager Brian Gaine has had a strong start to his tenure with a solid draft and impressive in-season additions such as Mike Tyson, Shareece Wright, Natrell Jamerson, Buddy Howell, A.J. Moore, and Demaryius Thomas to this point of the season.
The Texans wanted to upgrade their wide receiver group, especially at the slot position with Keke Coutee on the mend as he deals with his hamstring issues. Tyler Ervin was playing that spot but he was a running back first, moonlighting as a wide receiver. As we know, Ervin was the primary returner for both kick and punt teams and he has been consistent but not flashy to this point of the season.
This is a seamless trade in where the Texans are upgrading their return player with Carter, with his having a skill set that fits as a potential slot receiver.
We had a chance to pull some clips on Carter, here are some quick thoughts on the new Texans wide receiver.
Tale of the Tape
- Height: 5'8"
- Weight: 190 lbs.
- College: Sacramento State
- Experience: 1st season (signed as free agent in 2015)
- Teams: Baltimore Ravens, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles
What We Like
- A quick run-through of his route tree shows that Carter can run vertical, smoke screen looks, and drag routes, all of which are essential routes for the Texans offense from the slot position.
- Carter looks like a slot player, he is quick and shifty plus has a burst when he gets going from a stop.
- Carter's playing strength for being 5'8" and 190 lbs. is impressive. He is capable of breaking tackles, an area in which Ervin did not excel.
- Able to return kicks and punts, Carter provides plus help at wide receiver when needed. He has versatility.
What We Don't Like
- In the NFL unfortunately, when players bounce around from team to team, there is a reason for it. Carter has been with five different organizations since he arrived to the NFL in 2015 and finally played in a NFL game for the first time in 2018 with the Eagles.
- He has limited NFL experience, especially on offense.
- Carter had a fumble in just two receptions this season. Opportunities do not come often in the NFL and mistakes like that do not help.
- He showed he can do what he wanted to do in the preseason, but that was against 3rd and 4th string competition. Carter averaged 17.8 yards per reception in the 2018 preseason with the Eagles.
This is a trade in personnel that is an upgrade in terms of health and overall athletic ability from Ervin to Carter. Add in the fact that he is an actual wide receiver, Carter can help at the slot position, especially with Keke Coutee working to come back from his injury.
Carter can run jet motions which is something that he showed in the preseason and that is an essential part of what makes the Texans offense run. He at least poses a threat with his speed and quickness, much like the team has shown with Coutee from the slot. The Texans might have found a back-up slot player to help out in a pinch but more importantly, found their next kick and punt returner who has the ability to flip the field with returns.
Clips on DeAndre Carter