Carter returned three kickoffs for 66 yards and one punt for 19 yards in Thursday's 34-20 loss to the Chiefs in Week 1.
Carter served as the fifth wideout, a slot that came down to him or Keke Coutee, who was inactive. Carter also played 13 snaps on offense and caught one of two targets for eight yards, but he's not expected to move the needle on offense unless there's an injury.
Carter is expected to retain his roster spot with the Texans in 2020, despite facing tough competition for offensive snaps, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, Kenny Stills and Randall Cobb all have extensive NFL experience as starters, while Carter and Keke Coutee both have spent some time in the No. 3 receiver role for Houston. It was Carter who handled that job when Fuller missed a playoff game in January, while Coutee made just two appearances after mid-November. The other factor working in Carter's favor is his versatility, as he was the Texans' primary returner for both kicks and punts last season. Of course, the team may decide to keep six wide receivers anyway, or else it could trade one of them away to free up the logjam.
The Texans signed Carter to a one-year contract extension Wednesday.
Carter was set to become an exclusive-rights free agent March 18, but the team has chosen to retain the 26-year-old rather than letting him explore other options. A core special-teams asset, Carter stands to reprise his usual role as a return specialist and depth wideout for the 2020 season.
Carter caught his lone target for 17 yards and lost a fumble on a kickoff return in Sunday's 51-31 playoff loss to the Chiefs.
In the midst of Houston's second-quarter collapse, Carter had the ball dislodged on a kickoff return, setting up Kansas City's third touchdown. To be fair, this was a team-wide disaster, but Carter's fumble fueled the Chiefs' gathering momentum after they had fallen behind 24-0. He finished the regular season with 11 catches on 14 targets for 162 yards, while averaging 22.0 yards on kickoff returns and 9.7 yards on punt returns. The 26-year-old was Houston's primary returner and supplanted Keke Coutee as the No. 4 wideout at the end of the year. Carter enters the offseason as an exclusive rights free agent, meaning the Texans can retain him with a one-year, league-minimum contract.
Carter caught one of two targets for five yards in the Texans' 22-19 overtime win over the Bills in their wild-card round playoff game Saturday.
Carter moved up to third wideout, playing 55 of 69 snaps (80 percent), as Will Fuller V (groin) was inactive for a second straight week. The Texans are hopeful Fuller will be available for next Sunday's divisional-round meeting with the Chiefs, so Carter could drop back to fourth on the depth chart. Whatever happens next week, Carter will remain Houston's top returner on punts and kickoffs.
Carter hauled in six of seven targets for 65 yards in the team's Week 17 loss to the Titans.
Carter benefitted from the absence or light usage of DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Kenny Stills, racking up a season-best six receptions. After recording 20 catches in his second professional season, Carter incurred a lessened role in 2019, managing just 11 total receptions. With the entirety of the Texans' receiving corps set to return in 2020, Carter shouldn't be expected to see an increased workload in the near future.
Carter caught both of his targets for 44 yards during Saturday's 23-20 win over Tampa Bay.
Carter delivered Houston's biggest play from scrimmage midway through the fourth quarter, breaking deep toward the sideline and corralling a 39-yard bomb to set up what would end up being the game-winning field goal. The sophomore receiver hasn't been too involved in the offense this season, his last catch having come Week 9. He may see an uptick in usage in the season finale against a tough Titans defense depending on the health of Will Fuller, who left Saturday's game with a groin injury.
Carter caught his only pass for an eight-yard reception during Sunday's 26-3 win over Jacksonville. He added a 19-yard kick return.
Carter, the only Texan to return a punt or kick this season, looked like he was growing into a bigger role on offense in Week 8 with a 46-yard reception. His workload didn't expand Sunday however, even with Will Fuller (hamstring) out again. The sophomore receiver has been squeezed this season in a crowded receiving corps due in part to the offseason addition of Kenny Stills. Carter recorded at least three targets in four of his last five games of 2018, but has just one such outing in 2019 with more mouths to feed in the Texans offense. A favorable matchup against Baltimore's 26th-ranked pass defense awaits after the Texans' bye, but don't count on Carter getting enough targets to take advantage.
Carter played 47 snaps and caught one of three targets for 46 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Raiders.
It was surprising to see Carter get his highest snap total since Week 1 while Keke Coutee remained on the sideline all game. With Will Fuller (hamstring) inactive for the first of what is expected to be multiple weeks, it was expected that Coutee and Kenny Stills would be the secondary receivers after DeAndre Hopkins. It's unknown at this point why Carter vaulted over Coutee or if this was a matchup-based decision.
Carter played just one snap on offense in Sunday's 13-12 win over the Jaguars.
Keke Coutee's return to action resulted in a sharp decline in playing time for Carter, who dropped from 28 snaps in Week 1. For now, Carter will have to make his contributions as a return man; he returned one punt for five yards in this game.
With news the Keke Coutee (ankle) may not be ready for Week 1, Carter stands as the primary beneficiary of playing time, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said he was "not hopeful" that Coutee will be available Sept. 9 against New Orleans, so Carter has a chance for increased snaps Week 1. He helped fill in for Coutee in 2018, catching 20 passes over seven games after the Texans claimed him midseason.
Carter caught all three targets for a team-high 40 yards in Houston's preseason Week 2 win over Detroit.
Carter started the game with Keke Coutee (ankle) unavailable and caught a pair of passes from quarterback Deshaun Watson on the game's opening drive. Carter also served as the starting returner on both punts and kickoffs. He came off the PUP list last weekend and was given a vote of confidence by coach Bill O'Brien as a potential fill-in starter should Coutee not be available when the regular season starts.
Houston head coach Bill O'Brien said Carter is in position to fill in if Keke Coutee (ankle) is not ready to play the season opener Sept. 9 against New Orleans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Carter received ample playing time last season after the Texans claimed him off waivers from the Eagles midseason. He became Houston's primary returner on both punts and kickoffs and caught 20 of 23 targets for 195 yards as a fill-in for Coutee in 2018. "We talked about that last night, relative to Keke's injury and I'm glad we have DeAndre Carter," O'Brien said. "He's a good solid player, he's got good quickness, he's a strong player." Carter was recently activated off the PUP list and should see his first preseason action Saturday against the Lions.
Carter (undisclosed) returned from the PUP-P list Saturday, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Carter appears to have shaken whatever was keeping him off the practice field since the start of August. Considering Keke Coutee is expected to miss an extended portion of the preseason after picking up an ankle injury in the team's opening contest against the Packers, Carter stands to immediately benefit from the absence. Newly acquired running back Duke Johnson could also factor into the slot as well, but the 26-year-old Carter impressed when forced into duty last season, posting at least 30 receiving yards in four out of the final six games (including the postseason) while Coutee and Will Fuller (knee) were out with injuries.
Carter (undisclosed) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Saturday.
It was unknown that Carter was dealing with an injury this offseason, but he likely will start camp on the PUP list. The 25-year-old earned a one-year deal this offseason with the Texans, after he suited up in seven games for Houston in 2018, nabbing 20 of 23 targets for 195 yards. It's unclear how long Carter will last on the list, but he can come off at any time.
Carter finalized a one-year, $570,000 contract with the Texans on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The fact that the contract is under $1 million -- and a one-year deal -- suggests Carter won't be assured a roster spot for 2019. After coming over from the Eagles on a waiver claim, the 25-year-old suited up in seven games for Houston, nabbing 20 of 23 targets for 195 yards. Carter was also prominent on special teams, racking up 221 kick return yards and 146 punt return yards.
Carter is re-signing an undisclosed contract with the Texans.
When injuries pilled up in the Texans' receiving corps last season, Carter was thrust into a slot role and caught 20 of 23 targets for 195 yards in seven games. The 25-year-old also was prominent on special teams, racking up 221 kick return yards and 146 punt return yards. Carter will likely return to his depth role as a wide receiver and return man on special teams in 2019.
Carter, who caught two passes for 21 yards through his first seven 2018 contests before being waived by the Eagles, subsequently hauled in 20 of 23 targets for 195 yards in seven games after he was claimed on waivers by the Texans.
The slot man was thrust into a more prominent role with Houston due to injuries to Keke Coutee and Demaryius Thomas, but never managed to eclipse 30 receiving yards in a single game down the stretch. Carter also rushed once for seven yards while serving as the team's top return man. The 25-year-old is set to become an exclusive rights free agent this offseason, so the Texans need only to offer him a one-year, minimum-terms contract to re-sign him.
Carter caught four of five targets for 33 yards and averaged 9.3 yards on six punt returns in Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jaguars.
For the second consecutive game, Carter was the second-leading receiver behind DeAndre Hopkins. The midseason acquisition has emerged with a big role in the passing offense, replacing the injured Keke Coutee (hamstring) at slot receiver while averaging 4.4 targets over the last five games. With Coutee missing the final five games of the regular season, his status for next week's wild-card game against the Colts is questionable. That means Carter could have a similar role next week.
Carter caught six of seven targets for 61 yards in Sunday's 32-30 loss to the Eagles.
The revenge-game narrative fits Carter in this case, as he saved his biggest game of the season for the team that waived him twice already this year. He has now turned in back-to-back efforts of at least 60 total yards. Even if Keke Coutee (hamstring) returns for Week 17 at home against Jacksonville, Carter is still likely in line for additional playing time once again due to the Achilles injury Demaryius Thomas suffered.
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