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Time is Now for Bruce Carter to Step Up

Carter finished third on the team with 96 tackles last year but struggled to adapt to the new system

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    With Sean Lee out for the season with a torn ACL, safety Barry Church says the time for Bruce Carter to breakout is now.

    Carter finished 2013 with a career-high 96 tackles, but he struggled mightily by his own admission with the switch from the 3-4 run by Rob Ryan in 2012 and the 4-3 installed by Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli last year. With a year of the new system under his belt though, coaches say he’s been making huge strides this offseason, an idea echoed by Church.

    “Definitely with the loss of Sean Lee, it’s time for him to step up and be that focal point of the defense, and I feel like he’ll be able to do that,” Church said of Carter, per ESPN Dallas. “He’s making a lot of the checks out there. He’s the head of the huddle for the defense, so I feel like this offseason really generated a lot of confidence for him, and I feel like going into the season that’s going to work for him.

    "He’s going to get better and better as the season progresses.”

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