Is Bruce Carters starting job in jeopardy
Bruce Carter is now in a serious battle to keep his position with the starting linebackers. At the beginning of training camp Carter looked to be the only linebacker who was not in danger of losing his starting spot.
When the Dallas Cowboys drafted Carter, it was hoped that they got a sure fire starter who would take his place next to Sean Lee and solidify the group of Cowboy linebackers.
In his second season, Carter looked like he understood the game at this level. However, when defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was sent packing, Carter’s game began to fade. He would play one series and look great, and then the next; he would look as though his mind was somewhere else.
Justin Durant has appeared from out of the shadows and is gunning for a starting spot. Durant had his best camp since he was with the Detroit Lions. Durant has stepped his game up to the next level throughout this summer and looked like a reliable replacement for Sean Lee.
The front office made a BIG move when they traded for twice retired, 25 year old, Rolando McClain. McClain was with the Baltimore Ravens squad when he decided he was no longer interested in playing professional football.
Fortunately, for the Cowboys, McClain has a new desire to play and play like a former first round draft pick. McClain has all the physical tools to play the Mike position, he just needs to keep the passion for the game burning. He has impressed the front office so much that he will get the start against Miami this Saturday.
With the emergence of Rolando McClain, Durant will be moved outside to the Will, or weak-side, linebacker position. This will give Matt Eberflus another look at the linebacker combinations. As it stands right now, it looks like Saturday’s game will feature McClain at the Mike, Durant at the Will, and Kyle Wilbur at the Sam position. If this combination can gel, Carter may only get to see first-string time on the nickel packages.
Carter’s inconsistency may have cost him his starting job. Carter has three weeks to turn some heads or spend a lot more time on special teams, or even, perhaps, the bench.
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