The fact that the contract is under $1million -- and a one-year deal -- suggests Carter will have to fight for a roster spot for 2019. Last season, the 25-year-old was thrust into a slot role and caught 20 of 23 targets for 195 yards in seven games. Carter was also prominent on special teams, racking up 221 kick return yards and 146 punt return yards, which would add to his value.
When injuries pilled up on 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 mid-season 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 Round playoff match 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 this season. He has now turned in back-to-back efforts of at least 60 total yards. If Keke Coutee (hamstring) can't return for Week 17 at home against Jacksonville, then Carter would be in line for additional playing time once again.
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