Perusing this scouting report from Sporting News brought me bountiful laughs that I have yet to shake off. As the title of the post suggests, Steve Doerschuk mentions that wide receiver Tim Carter could very well have a significant role in the Browns’ offense next season. Let’s look at his stats with Cleveland:
2007: 8 receptions for 117 yards
That’s not just one game (but it would be a damn good one); it’s the entire season. Doerschuk says that Carter “doesn’t get open enough” to be a first or second option, yet he still has the potential to be a major role player. With receivers like Braylon Edwards, Joe Jurevicius, Kellen Winslow, and, heck, Jamal Lewis too, it seems impossible that Carter will be anything more than a blip on the radar once again.
I don’t mean to knock the guy entirely. I do appreciate his speed and it is my hope that the Browns keep him into 2009 to replace Jurevicius, who has already announced that he will be retiring after next season.
I get what Doerschuk is saying – Carter’s dynamic speed could eventually be an asset in the Browns’ offense. There’s just no hope for him in 2008. Plus, my most vivid memory of Carter is of him running a route poorly in the Arizona game, sparking an important interception in a game the Browns had no business losing. By no means am I blaming him for the outcome of that game; he just played so little that there is not much to go off of.