RB Delone Carter - Free Agent

5-9, 222Born: 6-22-1987College: SyracuseDrafted: Round 4, pick 119 (2011)

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2012 Week 6 vs NYJ (4 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Carter spelled Vick Ballard on three occasions, but his play left a lot to be desired. On his first carry, Carter was a little too anxious and collided into Andrew Luck before taking the hand-off. Carter took a few carries later on in the game, plodding his way up the middle for minimal gains. Carter's runs were uninspiring so it was easy to see why he was on the Colts' roster bubble this summer.

2012 Week 7 vs CLE (11 / 41 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Carter was impressive after initial contact today against an overmatched Cleveland front seven in the run game. On many occasions, the Colts offensive line moved the line of scrimmage forward multiple yards before a running back was forced to create yards on their own. Compared to backfield mate Vick Ballard, Carter was able to show more ability to create yards on his own, especially in short yardage. Carter showed more burst and power than previous games this season, including lowering his pad level for third-and-short and fourth-and-short conversions. It was not all sunshine and roses for Carter on the day, however, as he dropped an easy outlet target, forcing the Colts into a third-and-long situation. In addition, Carter danced behind the line of scrimmage with five minutes to go on third-and-short, leading to a punt and yet another opportunity for the Browns to potentially take the lead. Ballard did little to lose the starting job against Cleveland due to the lack of resistance by the front seven, but Carter impressed enough as a runner to keep on the fantasy radar.

2012 Week 8 vs TEN (2 / 8 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

After a relatively quiet season Carter was utilized as part of the Colts balanced running attack to help beat the Titans. Carter earned two fourth quarter carries as the Colts rallied to tie the ball game. His first carry came on fourth and one as he ran up the middle for a 7 yard gain. His next rush was again up the middle and resulted in a one yard score. Carter's playing time has been affected by fumbling problems but he showed excellent acceleration and power on both runs up the middle.

2012 Week 9 vs MIA (8 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Colts' bowling ball of a short yardage tailback carried the ball eight times for thirty-one yards. Never one to be confused with Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, or even the inimitable Shonn Greene, Carter took the ball up the gut on nearly all of his plays, save a nine-yard run in which he exhibited a decent amount of around-the-tackles wiggling. Carter lacks the passing game chops and speed of Vick Ballard, but the Indianapolis values him when the team needs one or two yards on the ground during third downs. Carter did as much as his skill-set allowed at home against a stout Miami run defense. 

2012 Week 11 vs NE (2 / 21 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Carter's only relevant carry went for a touchdown when he beat a defender in the hole at the goalline on a short-yardage carry. He had one more carry at the very end of the game that went for 20 yards as the two teams were just waiting for the final whistle.

2012 Week 14 vs TEN (3 / 1 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Carter was inserted in to goalline packages against the Titans. He responded with three short carries including a touchdown from the one yard line. Carter's touchdown came on a run to the left between two blocking tight ends. On the play, he took the handoff, slid to the left and bolted through the hole untouched for the touchdown.

2011 Week 1 vs HOU (7 / 25 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rookie Delone Carter had a rough time against a Texans defensive front seven who were frequently penetrating into the backfield. Nearly one-third of his yards came on a carry against a soft prevent defense at the end of the first half. When he was in the game on passing downs he normally released on a passing route, so the game did not give a good opportunity to judge his ability to pick up the blitz.

2011 Week 2 vs CLE (11 / 46 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Delone Carter was somewhat of a one dimensional back in this offense on sunday versus the Browns as he didn't register a pass but was able to gel well with the offensive line for a legitimate rushing threat. The Colt's were able to bounce back with a better running game at least and Carter was able to take advantage of better blocking from this Colts offensive line that is always questioned when it comes to run blocking. The Colts won't trust him as a third down back in pass protection but he can easily get his carries when there is a commitment to rushing the football and to spell Addai. He has the size, speed and above average vision for a rookie. It is unlikely he will get 11 carries every week however and be able to justify such a workload for the Colts.

2011 Week 3 vs PIT (4 / 11 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Carter didn't have too many chances to get going in this game. He is a strong downhill runner who will eventually be an effective player in the league. As he continues to learn how to pass block from Addai, he will gain more and more confidence from his teammates and coaches. He's very promising.

2011 Week 4 vs TB (7 / 21 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Other than one run of 13 yards on his 1st carry of the night, he largely was ineffective. The Colts tried to get him the ball again on a drive near the end of the 1st half with carries on 1st and 2nd down. The 1st carry was a stretch run to the left on the short side of the field. He was met with a sea of red jerseys as he ran East-West to the sidelines for no gain. On the 2nd carry the offense looked confused and then Gerald McCoy form the Bucs blew the play up by almost meeting Carter in the backfield as soon as he had the ball in his hands resulting in a 4 yard loss. The Colts stopped trying to run the football much after that only calling about 4 running plays in the entire 2nd half.

2011 Week 5 vs KC (12 / 22 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

For those hoping Carter would get a chance this had to be a bittersweet day. He did punch it in from 3 yards out, and took a majority of the carries in Addai's absence, but he was also outperformed by Donald Brown and looked overly cautious much of the time. Carter looked much better catching passes in the flat than he did trying to find a hole. Many times he would slow down at the line only to run into his own lineman. While the Colts line is not in good shape, neither Addai nor Brown had the same trouble finding holes. On a positive note, it could be said that Carter has a nose for the goal line as his 3 yard touchdown run was his hardest run of the day and the only time he moved the pile.

2011 Week 6 vs CIN (14 / 45 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Delone Carter had very little success against a tough Bengal front 7. The Colts offensive line has never been known for its run blocking and he found little room to work with on Sunday. He was used in a very simple, hammer up the middle type of role to try and pound first downs out on the ground. This was met with varying and mostly little success as the Colt's were unimaginative with their play calling and made it easy for the Bengals to key on the run at times. He is a one dimensional back that will catch very few passes but has chances to score on the goal line due to his power running style.

2011 Week 7 vs NO (10 / 89 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

This should have been Carter's breakout game; however, he was limited to 10 touches because the Colts offensive game plan derailed early and the Saints dominated in yardage and time of possession. He did quite well in those touches, though, as he finally showed the vision, quickness, and power that helped him to pass Donald Brown on the depth chart in the preseason. Sure, it was against a less-than-stellar New Orleans run defense, but Carter broke off runs of 23 and 42 yards and found pay dirt late in the second quarter to make the most of his limited touches. Carter did fumble one carry early in the game, but continued to be entrusted carrying the ball throughout. He and QB Curtis Painter also seemed to get their wires crossed on a play in the first half and the play would have been a disaster, but Painter was able to throw the ball away.

2011 Week 8 vs TEN (9 / 46 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)

Delone Carter gave owners today a few glimpses of his natural raw ability revealing great vision and decisiveness. Carter was mostly effective running the ball out of the shotgun spread formations allowing him to use his vision and power to find a crease cut and use his power in the second level. Both of Carters best runs were 14 yards all gained after finding a crease and cutting up field delivering powerful blows to opposing defenders. Based on what Carter and the Colts displayed today his role in this offense will only increase as long as Addai is sidelined. One last point the coaching staff seemed more trusting to allow Carter to remain on the field more and more on passing situations, perhaps gaining trust with pass protections and other responsibilities.

2011 Week 9 vs ATL (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Carter entered the game as the starter and promptly fumbled. He barely saw the field again in a clear case of benching for ball security problems. His value is waning.

2011 Week 10 vs JAX (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

After his 1st quarter benching last week following a fumble on his second carry, Carter spent another week in the dog house, making his first appearance on the team's 3rd series and mustering only a handful of touches, doing very little with them against a stout Jacksonville run defense. Carter's fumble problems have given just enough daylight to Donald Brown that the short-term future of the Colts' backfield is now somewhat in question. Carter looked good on his first carry, cutting back into the running lane and showing good agility in the hole and power to lean forward after contact. He had a couple of decent carries as the game went on, but also had an exchange with QB Painter result in a fumble, costing the Colts a big chunk of yardage and nearly taking them out of FG range. Carter also acquitted himself fairly well in pass protection, keeping at least some of the heat off of QB Painter.

2011 Week 13 vs NE (3 / 20 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Carter really looked to be getting going in the third quarter with 3 runs for 20 yards. Unfortunately he fumbled on his third carry while fighting for extra yardage and was not given another chance.

2011 Week 14 vs BAL (5 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Carter had a couple strong runs although his stats don't necessarily reflect that. This was due to Baltimore getting penetration and taking down Carter for a couple negative runs. Carter also managed to hold on the ball which has been a problem for him so far.

2011 Week 15 vs TEN (3 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Between fumble and injuries, it appears that Delone Carter is never going to seize any of the many opportunities given to him to earn a more substantial workload. Against the Titans he started off running well with 19 yards on three carries before leaving the game with an injury. He would not return.

2011 Week 17 vs JAX (5 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Carter was used as the short yardage back, and he converted on a couple runs. He had a few other carries other than short yardage work but he wasn't impressive on those carries. Carter showed some power on his lone reception as he powered through a defender when he was going out of bounds.