Carter signed with the Washington Football Team on Thursday. Undrafted back in 2015, Carter has played 32 of his 43 NFL games for the Texans, logging 63 punt returns, 45 kick returns and 34 receptions. He's entering his age-28 season and still hasn't scored a touchdown in the NFL, but Carter nonetheless could fit with Washington as a return specialist and backup slot receiver. Come training camp, he'll compete with the likes of Steven Sims and Isaiah Wright, while Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel and Adam Humphries figure to see most of the first-team snaps.
Carter was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday. Carter will return to the lineup in Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He's not expected to play much on offense, but he should be the Bears' primary punt returner. The 27-year-old has averaged 8.7 yards per punt return this season.
Carter was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports. Carter joined the Bears on Nov. 18, and he has so far made two appearances for his new team after suiting up nine times as a member of the Texans between Weeks 1 and 10. The 27-year-old has been assisting on punt returns while contributing a minor offensive role this season, but he'll remain unavailable for the immediate future upon posting a positive COVID-19 test Thursday morning.
The Bears claimed Carter off waivers Wednesday, Larry Mayer of the team's official site reports. Carter was waived by the Texans on Tuesday, and he didn't have to wait long to find a new team. The Sacramento State product has been effective in the return game this season, averaging 8.7 yards on 11 punt returns and 20.8 yards on 12 kickoff returns with the Texans. Since Tarik Cohen suffered a torn ACL in Week 3 against the Falcons, the team has used three different punt return men, so Carter could slot into that role as early as Week 12 with the Bears on their bye week.
Carter was waived by the Texans on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The 27-year-old was removed from his duties as the kick returner and split punt returns with Will Fuller during Sunday's loss to the Browns, and the Texans decided to part ways. C.J. Prosise handled kickoff returns in his place. Carter has one catch for eight yards, returned 12 kickoffs for 250 yards and 11 punts for 96 yards in nine games this season.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||Los Angeles Chargers||7||20.25|
|2||09/16||New York Giants||9||20.38|
|5||10/10||New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|6||10/17||Kansas City Chiefs||2||18.47|
|7||10/24||@Green Bay Packers||6||19.56|
|10||11/14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||23.50|
|13||12/05||@Las Vegas Raiders||23||24.25|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||14||11||129||0||5||11.73||10|