Philadelphia Eagles: DeAndre Carter is officially an Eagle, for now

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After giving it his all over the 2018 preseason, DeAndre Carter has officially made the Philadelphia Eagles’ 53-man roster. At least for now.

The life of a fringe NFL player can be hard.

Having to fight tooth and nail for a roster spot with no guarantee, but a string of stellar performances will secure a job for forthcoming season certainly is not for the faint of heart.

So, if one of these players defies the odds and actually makes a 53-man roster, it’s pretty special.

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Though obviously not the best way to build a roster, as typically teams want to hit on their draft picks, there’s something incredibly satisfying about plucking a player out of obscurity and developing them into something more.

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And for the second year in a row, a long shot has made the Eagles 53-man roster.

That’s right, after tons of think pieces, an interesting ESPN story about losing his brother far too young, and even more speculation, DeAndre Carter is officially a Philadelphia Eagle.

Almost 4 years after a storied career at Sacramento State, including stamps on four different NFL practice squads, the 25-year old receiver has officially made an active roster on an NFL team.

At least for now.

Don’t get me wrong, Carter definitely deserves his spot, as he, along with Shelton Gibson, were easily the brightest spots of the Eagles’ offensive positional players this year, but as the number of big-name players received their walking papers around the league today, no roster spot is truly safe.

Only two years ago, Paul Turner initially made the Eagles roster before being waived for Bryce Treggs. The NFL can be cruel.

However, while we don’t know how long Carter will be a member of the Eagles, he surely has earned his spot on the team. Between his ability to catch passes as a receiver, field kick, and punt returns and contribute on special teams, the 5-foot-8, 190-pound do-it-all playmaker possesses the one trait that all bottom of the roster NFL players need to survive: versatility.

So while there’s no knowing how long he’ll be a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, whether that be one day or 10 years, DeAndre Carter can officially say that in a little over a month he beat the odds and earned a spot on the 53-man roster.

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However, if Carter does stick around one thing is for certain: he definitely needs a new jersey, because NFL wide receivers can’t wear the number 2.