Coach Keith Butler Says LB Chris Carter Has Had A Good Offseason

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Chris Carter is entering his fourth year in the league and so far it’s hard not to label his first three as being anything but disappointing.

With those three disappointing seasons now behind him, Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler had some encouraging words to say Tuesday about the former fifth-round draft pick at the conclusion of the first mandatory minicamp practice.

“Chris Carter’s really had a good offseason for us,” said Butler.

It should be noted, however, that Butler talked about Carter after first talking about newcomer Arthur Moats, when asked if he was concerned about the current depth at the outside linebacker position.

“We’ll see when we get to camp. Again, things usually iron themselves out when we get to training camp,” Butler said about the depth at the position.

During the three weeks of OTA practices, Moats, who was signed during the offseason after playing his first four years in the league with the Buffalo Bills, reportedly received most of the first-team reps at left outside linebacker with starter Jason Worilds sidelined with some sort of calf problem.

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  • Kevin Gobleck

    Man i really hope someone else can step up for us at OLB

  • Jacque Strappe

    I’d rather have Jimmy Carter or Clarence Carter.

  • Madi

    I’m the first to say he stinks. But if he improves and plays well, isn’t that a good thing? I’m rooting for him.

  • joed32

    How about Nell, she’s probably stronger than both of them.

  • gene mann

    I will be shocked to see Carter improve but we need someone to step up in case Worlids fails or is hurt

  • Johnny Loose

    He’s had a good offseason, great. How bout a good onseason.

  • Matt Manzo

    How crazy would it be if Carter came on this year like The Ultimate Warrior?!!!

  • John C

    Yeah…what exactly does that mean….he had a good offseason!

  • John C

    We don’t have a lot of other choices so I hope he does too. I like Moats as a great backup but we need more than him.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I feel like it’s kind of repetitive though, they say good things about him in the off season, then game time and regular season comes around and he is a non factor.

  • Timothy Rea

    Well seeing as the ultimate warrior is dead… it sounds about right given his history.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Nothing would be better for us than Carter finally having it all click and push to play, but I don’t see it happening. I guess my issue here is how do we evaluate him. Ideally, Worilds and Jones play 95% of our snaps with Moats playing some as well. Where does he get snaps to prove he deserves to stay? If he has a GREAT preseason, what does it mean?

  • Matt Manzo

    Is Carter good at something? I get the “experience”, but other than “knows the system” why do we hang on to him? Aside from special teams?
    Was he a great pass rusher or run stuffer at Fresno? I haven’t seen anything from him when he plays that says there’s something there.
    I really hope HJones, SoOto, or Zumwalt dethrone him this year!

  • Madi

    No one has been better. No one’s been able to bump him off. I think that’s about it.

  • Matt Manzo

    This seems to be the first year with the most competition for him? A few years ago the only comp was Sylvester!

  • Matt Manzo

    What’s Carter’s contract? Shouldn’t this be his final year?

  • walter mason

    It doesnt sound too encouraging to me. Neither does “we’ll see when we get to camp”.

  • walter mason

    HJones, SoOto and Zumwad thats why we keep Carter.

  • Paddy

    I’m having a wonderful off season, just thought I’d let al you experts know.

  • John C

    Is it like….well she has a great personality!?

  • steeltown

    Seems like every offseason, the same thing is said

  • NW86

    I know Dave isn’t high on Carter, and he has become the popular whipping boy on this board since Gay improved his game. I’m not saying Carter has done anything too exciting, but he also hasn’t done anything terrible. The biggest knock on him seems to be that he doesn’t make any big plays. But then again, he hasn’t given up a lot of big plays either. And he plays well on special teams. Is that so bad for a 5th rounder that made the team as a backup?

    I wouldn’t necessarily call him a disappointment. For a 5th rounder to stick on the team throughout his contract as a special teamer and adequate backup, that pretty much meets my expectations. Terry Hawthorne is one example of a 5th round draft pick that was a disappointment.

  • steeltown

    Yep, ufa after this yr

  • steeltown

    Yep, people will claim “well he hasn’t really been thrust into action or given a chance” but that is incorrect, he’s started 4games in his career, I think he had 7 combined tackles in those 4 games… not good

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Can I get a heads up about why so many of my posts get held for hours?

    Am I flagged, do I post too often, use too many words or am I putting words in order that look like a swear if you take out the space?

    I’m happy to change but don’t know what the issue is.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Or it could mean that the starters both stayed healthy? Look at last year in the 2nd game against Cincy. Jones 67 of 69 snaps. Worilds 68 of 69 snaps. Week 13 against Baltimore, each played EVERY snap. Changes were made when people got hurt, but MOST snaps are played by our starters.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    2 games?

    Neither player was a worthy starter all year and you are going to use snap counts in 2 games to prove they are likely to get 95% of stats?

    Your 3rd option has to be pretty bad to wear out your starters with no rest.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Those games were picked at random. I will stand behind my statement, that assuming we don’t have injury issues that Worilds and Jones will RARELY come off the field. Maybe my percentage is wrong, but I don’t expect a LOT of snaps from the backups. Moats will take a majority of the 3rd option snaps which means that Carter, if he makes the roster, will be the 4th option only. 100 snaps I think is reasonable expectation as a topping out.

    The last 2 seasons with Woodley and Harrison both battling injuries he combined for 187 snaps, and some of that came with him STARTING while Harrison was out. Let’s call it 94 snaps on the year. Wow, he will really have a chance to show that he belongs…which was my point all along. Unless something strange happens he won’t have an opportunity to really show what he can do.