Coach Bill O'Brien called Carter a "prime candidate" to be a punt returner Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Carter was claimed off waivers by the Texans last week, and appears on track to serve as the team's top return man during Sunday's game against the Redskins. If Carter shows well, he could conceivably earn a consistent role on special teams in Houston. The four-year pro is worth monitoring in fantasy leagues that award points for return yards.
Carter has bounced around the league since going undrafted in 2015, most notably serving as a return specialist for the Eagles throughout September and October this season. He'll likely fill a similar role in Houston, as the team released running back/return man Tyler Ervin for the corresponding transaction. Carter can also provide depth for a wideout group that looks shaky behind its top two healthy options, DeAndre Hopkins and Demaryius Thomas.
Carter was waived by the Eagles on Tuesday, Mike Kaye of NJ.com reports.
The Eagles were looking to add depth on their defensive line, and Carter was the odd man out. He only managed to haul in two receptions four 21 yards in eight games, as he was primarily a contributor on special teams. He is a candidate to join the team's practice squad assuming he clears waivers.
Carter caught his lone pass attempt for 11 yards in Thursday's 34-13 win over the Giants.
Carter was only on the field for two offensive snaps in the victory, but that counts as a vast improvement over the past two weeks when the 25-year-old didn't play anything but special teams. The Sacramento State product also handled a total of seven punt and kick returns in this one, fumbling one of them and falling on it. Even those opportunities may run dry once Darren Sproles (hamstring) returns.
The move came after Philly placed free safety Rodney McLeod (knee) on injured reserve. Carter will provide necessary depth to the Eagles' wideouts. He has just one catch to his name since entering the league in 2015, so he's untouchable in the fantasy realm.
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