In 2011, Sean Lee emerged as a potential superstar on the Dallas Cowboys’ defense, after spending much of his rookie season recovering from lingering knee issues. This year, Dallas is hoping for a similar rise out of Bruce Carter--who, like Lee, was drafted in the second round after battling knee injuries in college.
Carter played mostly on special teams when he played at all last season--he missed the first half of the year with the knee injury--but in 2012, he will compete for the inside linebacking job opposite Lee. So far, Dallas has been encouraged by what they’ve seen out of a healthy Carter.
Executive vice president Stephen Jones, in a recent appearance on 1310 The Ticket, sung Carter’s praises.
"[Carter] has really stepped up," Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. "He really is playing well. I think he's really taken Sean Lee's lead in his work ethic and the things he's doing in the classroom. He really is making an impression on everybody.
"He's maybe one of the more skilled inside linebackers that we've had here in Dallas since I've been here, as far as the skill is concerned. We'll see if he turns into a football player or not, but he is a really gifted young man."
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