Scout's Notebook: WR Jason Carter

A rookie free agent last season, wide receiver Jason Carter seemed to become a fan favorite. With more young talent in training camp this season, he faces an uphill battle, but his knack for making plays and ability to run after the catch will give him a chance. Here's a full scouting report…

#11, Jason Carter, WR
(5115, 205, 4.53-4.66) Texas A&M

Notes:  Born Jason Edward Carter 9/15/82.  Mother is Laquita Carter.  His cousin, Brandon Johnson, also played football at Texas A&M.  Was an All-District quarterback for coach Rick Cobia at Caldwell (Tex.) High School, passing for 1,087 yards, rushing for 559 yards and accounting for 18 touchdowns as a senior.  Rated the No. 1 “run-pass” quarterback in the state by Lone Star Recruiting.  His hometown is about a 30-minute drive to Kyle Field, where the Aggies play their home games.

College:  Did not play as a partial qualifier due to academics in 2001.  Saw limited duty as a backup quarterback in 2002.  Moved to wide receiver the next fall.  Caught 12-162-0 (13.5) in 2003.  Caught 36-468-0 (13.0) in 2004.  Was arrested in Feb. 2005 for disorderly conduct after screaming and swearing at a woman on a public sidewalk.  Caught 54-827-6 (15.3) in 2005.  Finished with  2,892 all-purpose yards during his career.  Also returned 48 kickoffs for 977 yards and one touchdown.  Majored in agricultural and life sciences.

Measured 5115, 207 pounds in workouts prior to the 2006 draft.  Did 17 reps at 225 pounds; posted 1.58 (10-yd), 2.71 (20-yd), 4.53-4.66 (40-yd), 33-inch vertical jump, 9’-9” broad jump, 4.00 short-shuttle, 11.69 long-shuttle and 6.89 three-cone.

Pro:  Signed by Vikings as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2006 NFL Draft.  Spent eight weeks, including the opening six weeks of the season, on practice squad.  Played in the regular-season finale.

Positives:  Good athlete with nice size, quickness and versatility.  Solidly built; looks the part.  Effective West Coast Offense-type receiver who does well on shorter routes and making things happen as a runner after the catch.  Shifty and elusive open-field runner.  Versatile; can also return punts and kickoffs.  Has been a solid citizen in the NFL.

Negatives:  Does not have true breakaway speed or great separation quickness.  Still learning many of the finer points of the game in terms of routes, defense recognition and the little things.  Had some character concerns in college.

Summary:  Doesn’t have any truly outstanding physical characteristics, but he does seem to make plays.  Fits the West Coast Offense nicely and can also contribute on special teams.  Not as innately talented as some of the others in training camp, but perhaps more consistent.  Will be tough to cut.

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