LB - FA
Week 4 Outlook
The New York Jets and LB Bruce Carter agreed to terms on a one-year deal according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Bruce Carter will likely compete for a starting job on New York's linebacker corps. For Carter, injuries have been an issue throughout his career but his talent garners taking a chance on the five-year pro. In 14 games with the Buccaneers in 2015, Carter finished the season with 47 tackles, two sacks and two pass deflections.
Carter blocked a punt in the first quarter but also finished with only one tackle against the Bears.
Carter's solo effort ties his low point in tackles for the year, matching his Week 2 performance. The hope for the Cowboys, and highly risky fantasy owners, is that he responds to a weak tackling performance in Week 15 like he did in Week 3; Carter had 12 tackles, an interception, and a touchdown in a Week 3 victory over the Rams. Carter does have the potential for big plays, but his lack of consistency makes it highly unlikely that he will even get enough playing time to make any difference for the Cowboys.
Carter blocked a punt in the first quarter against the Bears, leading to a 21 yard punt.
Although Carter was useful in special teams, he was held off the score sheet for tackles. Carter is a volitile player and his lack of constant production makes him unreliable. As he was effective in special teams, look for him to make more of an impact at linebacker in the second half.
Cowboys' LB Bruce Carter, who will be a unrestricted free agent after this season, is unclear about his future with the team.
Carter isn't the only decision that the Cowboys have to make on the spot, since Rolando McClain and Justin Durant are about to become unrestricted free agents as well. Even though Carter has been up and down all season, he has still proven to be a important part of the Cowboys' defense by accumulating 39 tackles and two interceptions. The Cowboys would be wise to re-sign the dynamic linebacker after the season is over If he can stay healthy and maintain this level of production.
Bruce Carter missed the three weeks coming into the Cowboys Monday night matchup with Washington and has been inconsistent since returning.
Starting middle linebacker Justin Durant is out for the season and Carter was looked to carry some of the burden of the loss of the consistent Durant. This has not been the case over the past two weeks, as Carter played 33 snaps against Washington without a tackle and only played 16 snaps against Arizona with three tackles. Carter is frustrated because he received 11 less snaps than backup Kyle WIlber and Carter is looking to be a bigger part of the defense looking forward. The Cowboys need a vocal leader on defense and also need someone to hold down the middle of the linebacking corps; Carter is very talented but is not consistent and that is what bothers coaches. Carter does have an interception and a sack on top of his 28 tackles this year and the Cowboys need him to be stronger in run defense and get healthier from his thigh and finger injuries.