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Carter Looking for Breakout Season in 2007

Drew Carter Long term potential is nothing new for Panthers wide out Drew Carter. He has shown glimpses of that over the past two seasons, but as the wide out enters his fourth-year with the team, the time for him to shine as a starter is now. Carter, after missing his first year with a knee injury, has been solid the last two years, last year hauling in 28 catches for 357 yards and three touchdowns. His average per catch was 12.8. He is a speedster, and can do a solid job of backing up superstar Steve Smith at the wide out position.

Carter is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, meaning a big 2007 would not only make all the hard work worth it, but it would also mean big money next year when he hits the free agent market. At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, the former Ohio State receiver is sure to get a look on the open market next season should he have a good 2007. Right now, rookie star to be Dwayne Jarrett is penciled in at starter along side Smith on the offense. But the bottom line is Carter has more experience, and with a big deal in 2008 looming, look for a season of about 50 catches, 700 yards, and 5-6 TD’s for the upstart Panthers.

“It is a huge year, but I can’t take it as that. I have to go out and work hard,” Carter said to the Gaston Gazette. “Hopefully things will work out and I will be here. I love being here. But we’ll see. But right now I hope to make a big year out of it and hope for the best.”

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One Response to “Carter Looking for Breakout Season in 2007”

  1. Jaxon says:

    I wouldn’t hand the starting spot opposite to Smith to Jarrett just yet. John Fox places a premium on experience and may choose to let the Rookie watch for a couple games. He’ll get some plays but Fox will bring him along slowly. Carter should have an incumbants mindset and that the position is his for the taking. I predict Cwarter will be the #2 WR and Jarrett #3, at least at the outset.

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