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ILB Bruce Carter - Dallas Cowboys

6-1, 241Born: 2-19-1988College: North CarolinaDrafted: Round 2

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Carter has had a hard time overcoming injuries in both his college and professional career. Once regarded as a potential early 1st round selection, knee injuries have slowed his development and may continue to be holding him back physically. He did manage to play in a majority of the Cowboys' games last season but struggled mightily in run defense which led to the team to role share his position with Ernie Sims. However, with Sean Lee now out for the season, Carter now becomes an instant every down player and de facto leader of the defense. The tackle opportunity will be there - the question is whether or not the the front four can keep him protected enough to adequately defend the run and make tackles. He's shown enough fantasy potential in previous spurts to warrant LB3+ consideration in the hopes of LB2+ upside in his current situation. (June 26)

FBG Staff Rankings

ILB Redraft - 38, 24, 38
Overall Redraft - 57, 46
ILB Dynasty - 33, 28, 41
Overall Dynasty - 61, 46

Stats and Projections

2012 DAL 11 51 19 0 0 0 0 2 0
2013 DAL 15 73 23 2 0 0 0 3 0
2014 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 82 * * * * * * *
2014 PROJ-Norton 16 88 * * * * * * *

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Latest News

Cowboys | Bruce Carter ready to lead (Thu Jul 17, 04:33 PM) - Dallas Cowboys LB Bruce Carter is ready to be the focal point of the defense, according to teammate CB Barry Church. Church said Carter has gained confidence this offseason and will get better as the season progresses.

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Cowboys | Coach praises Bruce Carter (Tue Jul 15, 12:09 PM) - Dallas Cowboys linebackers coach Matt Eberflus said LB Bruce Carter has “ramped up” his work with the position coach this offseason. 'I think he's taking steps in the right direction,' Eberflus said. 'And he's putting the work in. He's meeting with me as much as he can. Studying the tape, giving him clear and concise goals daily for practice and he's doing a good job of attaining those goals each and every day so when he does that he takes steps in the right direction to improve his fundamentals and his game.'

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