Chargers’ wide receiver DeAndre Carter making most of opportunity

COSTA MESA — When the Chargers signed DeAndre Carter during the offseason, they believed he would solidify their kick- and punt-returning game. When he began to catch a steady stream of passes during training camp, they realized he could fill an additional role when the season started.

When wide receiver Keenan Allen injured his hamstring in the first half of the first game Sept. 11 against the Las Vegas Raiders, Carter moved swiftly up the depth chart. When he began catching touchdown passes, an under-the-radar signing suddenly had a greater impact than expected.

Through the season’s first 10 games, the Chargers’ special teams play has been every bit as solid as hoped. Carter is averaging 19.6 yards per kickoff return and 10.6 yards per punt return, modest totals, to be sure. But he also has set career highs with 31 catches for 379 yards, and he also has two touchdowns.

Carter has played with the Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears and the Washington Football Team after he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in 2015, who then cut him. He bounced around the NFL before making his debut in 2018 with the Eagles.

Now, it would appear he’s found a home with the Chargers.

“I’m just grateful that coach Staley and coach Lombardi gave me the opportunity to be out there to help contribute to the offense,” Carter said, referring to Chargers coach Brandon Staley and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. “When I can, I just try to take advantage of the opportunities when they come my way.

“When (quarterback) Justin (Herbert) is looking for me, I make sure that I try to make those plays. At the end of the day, it’s not about me.”

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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