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Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker Chris Carter Has a Lot to Prove Entering Training Camp

July 4th, 2014 at 11:31 PM
By Mark Mihalko

Much of the recent Pittsburgh Steelers news has centered on the linebacking corps has mostly focused on rookie first round pick Ryan Shazier. Rightfully so, with his linebacker lineage, he may be able to transition into the Pittsburgh Steelers' system quicker than others, potentially even earning playing time early in his career. While Shazier is the defensive player, many will be watching the competition between rookie Jordan Zumwalt and Fourth-year linebacker Chris Carter may be the one to watch in training camp.

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Of those two, Carter may have to most to prove moving forward, especially considering he is entering the final year of his rookie contract and must show enough to possibly earn another deal. To this point, he has had an up and down career to say the least.

Carter is an interesting player, who has battled nagging injuries throughout his career. However, the 6-1, 246 pound fifth round selection from Fresno State has solid athleticism, and is an explosive edge rusher that could play a huge role by developing into a viable back-up at the outside linebacker position. Blessed with a non-stop motor, he has enough size and speed to be a valuable asset in pursuit. However, he is not the biggest linebacker, and had a problem setting the edge against larger offensive linemen, but that flaw can be corrected with some added technique and weight room work.

Moving forward, the Steelers appear set for at least 2014 with their starting outside linebackers in Jarvis Jones and Jason Worilds. However, with Worilds playing under a one-year transition player tender, there are long-term questions that must be answered. Carter and Zumwalt will both have a chance, to show what they can do, and honestly, Carter must come up big during camp to earn his spot.

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Tags: Chris Carter, Football, Jarvis Jones, Jason Worilds, Jordan Zumwalt, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers

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