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Cowboys OLB Bruce Carter told reporters Monday that he expects to start on the strong side and play the weak side in the nickel sub packages, according to the Dallas Morning News.  He also said Justin Durant will start on the weak side and Rolando McClain in the middle.  None is worth chasing in IDP leagues right now, but Carter's athletic ability and apparent 3-down role give him the most upside.

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The Cowboys worked LB Rolando McClain in the middle with the 1st team at Tuesday's practice and slid LB Justin Durant out to the weak side.  That put regular 1st-team WLB Bruce Carter on the sideline.  But does that mean he's being demoted?  “No, I don’t think so,” Carter said, via ESPN Dallas. “I just think we need depth. Especially Ro, he needs to get his reps at Mike. … So they’re just trying, I guess, to see what the rotations are going to be. I don’t know.”  We think Carter's in denial.  The Cowboys easily could have slid Durant to the strong side or off the field when getting McClain into the lineup, but they didn't.  They removed a guy who never matched his 2013 performance to his considerable talent or his coaches' considerable expectations.  It sure seems as though Dallas would prefer to not have to rely on Carter this year.  Whether he sticks with the 1st team or not through the rest of camp, Carter doesn't make for much of an IDP target in your fantasy football draft.  He began well out of starter range in our 2014 IDP rankings and has slid even further down this week.  Carter needs to give us reason for optimism at this point.  McClain and Durant, on the other hand, will be worth looks on sheer potential tackle volume if they stick in their Tuesday roles.  This is a bad defense that will be on the field a lot.

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2 months ago

Dallas coaches have been impressed by Cowboys LB Bruce Carter's dedication this offseason.  HC Jason Garrett told that he thinks Sean Lee's absence might help the OLB by forcing Carter to step up and fill some of the leadership void.  Garrett also said that Carter has showed the desire to become a "really good football player."  LBs coach Matt Eberflus echoed the sentiment, saying: "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."  We pushed Carter too high up the IDP rankings in 2013 in all the excitement over him taking on Derrick Brooks' old role in Monte Kiffin's "Tampa 2" scheme.  But the talent has always been there.  If Carter proves this summer that he's honed his game, he could turn into a strong post-hype sleeper in the 2014 IDP rankings.  We'll be watching him in training camp and the preseason.  It's also worth noting that he's in a contract year.

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10 months ago

As the Cowboys return from their bye without MLB Sean Lee, OLB Bruce Carter has taken over play-calling duties on the defense.  That only makes him a better bet to stay on the field in all situations, which Carter did in playing all 84 defensive snaps in the loss to the Saints.  Regardless of whether Carter improves his assignment/performance issues, his athleticism and role will give him tremendous IDP upside every week.  Below-average LB Ernie Sims steps in for Lee in the middle, with Justin Durant also hurt.  Carter's worth another shot in most IDP leagues.

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11 months ago

Cowboys LB Bruce Carter spent the 2nd half of Sunday's loss to the Chargers on the sideline and said afterward that coaches pulled him.  According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, HC Jason Garrett "intimated" that Carter had gotten hurt, while DC Monte Kiffin called it part of the plan to get Ernie Sims into the game.  Carter simply said it was the coaches' decision and took the blame for allowing Chargers RB Danny Woodhead 2 TD catches early in the game.  We'll see how this situation impacts Carter's playing time going forward.  He'll certainly slide down our Rest of the Way rankings on Tuesday, though.

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1 year ago

The Cowboys will place ILB Bruce Carter on IR because of the dislocated left elbow he suffered Thanksgiving Day against Washington. He will have surgery on the elbow this week. Ernie Sims figures to take over Carter's starting job from here but isn't an exciting IDP. Dan Connor would be a better option, but the Cowboys have yet to ply him as a full-timer. The team also signed veteran free agent Brady Poppinga to add depth.

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