Kick Returner: DeAndre Carter takes over for Andre Roberts
Carter has big shoes to fill following the departure of three-time Pro Bowler Roberts. The product of San Jose, Calif., Carter will have somewhat of a homecoming in his return to California.
Following an impressive run at Sacramento State (Carter was a two-time All-Big Sky first-team selection), Carter has bounced around the league a bit with stints in Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington. It is worth noting that Roberts also had a nomadic career as a returner with time on eight different teams, including the Chargers.
Carter’s best season though was last year with the then-Washington Football Team as he notched 296 receiving yards, three touchdowns, nearly 1,000 kick return yards (904) and one kick return score.
A pretty solid year for the speedy veteran, Carter has the wheels to make many defenders miss and has found a way to stick in the league even though he does not have a particularly large frame (5-foot-8, 190 pounds).
Nonetheless, the quick return specialist is penciled in over Nasir Adderly as the main kick returner and should give the Bolts a jolt if the special teams return units can keep improving following Roberts’ All-Pro blueprint season. Also, Carter could add some electricity in the passing game as well by spelling starters Keenan Allen and Mike Williams and has shown he can torch unsuspecting defenses at times.