Carter signed with the Chargers on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Carter recorded a career-best 24 receptions for 296 yards and three touchdowns in 2021 as a member of the Washington Commanders. Now joining a wide receiver corps that already boasts Keenan Allen and Mike Williams among others, Carter isn't likely to improve upon -- or perhaps even repeat -- those marks. However, his primary value will come from his work in the return game, as he has proven to be both a valuable kick and punt returner throughout his professional career.
Carter played all 17 games fo Washington in 2021, catching 24 of 44 targets for 296 yards and three touchdowns, and adding 16 punt returns for 134 yards and 36 kickoff returns for 904 yards and a fourth TD. Carter bounced around from Houston to Philadelphia to Chicago from 2018-20, with this being just the second time he's spent the full season with one team. He even had a stretch as Washington's No. 2 receiver, which lasted about a month and a half before he moved back to a special-teams and reserve role over the final few weeks of the season. Carter is a late bloomer who made his first regular-season NFL appearance at 25, and he'll turn 29 in April about a month after he's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. If nothing else, Carter should draw interest as a return specialist and No. 4/5 receiver.
Carter played only 22 percent of snaps in Sunday's 56-14 loss to Dallas, catching one of two targets for five yards. Carter has dropped back to being part of a rotation the past two weeks, following seven straight games in which he topped 50 percent snaps share. It'll likely be a mix of him, Adam Humphries, Cam Sims, Dyami Brown and Dax Milne splitting snaps behind No. 1 receiver Terry McLaurin over the final two weeks of the season.
Carter secured two of three targets for 12 yards and carried once for 12 yards in Tuesday's 27-17 loss to Philadelphia. Carter has now had at least three targets in six of the last seven games, but he's totaled just 30 receiving yards across the last three weeks. He struggled with efficiency once again Tuesday with the newly signed Garrett Gilbert under center and ranked seventh on the team in receiving yards. Across his last seven appearances, the 28-year-old has hauled in 17 of 30 targets for 201 yards and three touchdowns while rushing four times for 17 yards.
Carter and Washington will no longer play the Eagles on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET. Due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues within Washington's organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Football Team will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||Las Vegas Raiders||4||17.67|
|2||09/15||@Kansas City Chiefs||28||23.80|
|10||11/13||@San Francisco 49ers||19||21.90|
|11||11/20||Kansas City Chiefs||28||23.80|
|13||12/04||@Las Vegas Raiders||4||17.67|
|17||01/01||Los Angeles Rams||22||22.05|
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|3 Year Avg||20||12||155||1||8||12.92||22|