Found July 17, 2013 on Football and Futbol:
PLAYERS: Bruce Carter
TEAMS: Dallas Cowboys
  While Dez Bryant may be stealing all the media attention going into training camp, the player that I am most excited about for the 2013 season is linebacker Bruce Carter. At age 25, Carter is just now becoming the dominant player who the Cowboys thought he would be when they drafted him in the 2nd round in 2011. Originally projected as a 1st round pick, Carter dropped into the second round because he was recovering from a serious knee injury suffered in college. Carter went to school at The University of North Carolina and established himself there as one of the fastest linebackers in the country. At one point during his college career, he was reportedly clocked at 4.39 in the 40 yard dash. Although he is now clocked around 4.5, Carter is still one of the fastest linebackers in the NFL and finally got a chance to play on a consistent basis last season. In 11 games last season, Carter had 50+ tackles and proved himself a playmaker on defense. I remember the game against the Falcons when Carter ran down Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones from behind and kept him from scoring a touchdown. He also defended two passes and was great in coverage because of his speed and jumping ability. Throughout this offseason, NFL analysts have begun to notice Carter and some of them have been comparing him to the great Derrick Brooks. Derrick Brooks was an All-Pro linebacker who excelled in Monte Kiffin’s Cover 2 scheme in Tampa Bay. Brooks had the ability to stay in coverage with tight ends while at the same time he could play close to the line of scrimmage. Carter has shown these same flashes of brilliance and if he can put it all together, he will be a defensive nightmare. In Monte Kiffin’s defense, Carter will take the position of the “Will linebacker” because he is a sure tackler and has excellent coverage skills. He will be especially important if Kiffin calls any kind of safety blitz because in that situation, Carter would most likely be dropping back into coverage. While all the pieces are there for Carter to succeed, he still has to stay healthy. Carter played in only 11 games last season due to a dislocated elbow that he suffered in a 38-31 loss against the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day. If Carter can stay healthy and completely grasp Monte Kiffin’s defense, you will hear his name often in NFL headlines. He’s got speed to burn, and he’s ready to unleash it.
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