6. Lorenzo Carter
Last season, Lorenzo Carter saw a 25% increase in playing time from his rookie campaign of 2018. Despite starting in 12 games last season, ten more than he started his rookie year, Carter only saw a nominal increase in production.
In 2018, Carter recorded 43 total tackles, four sacks, seven tackles for a loss, and 10 quarterback hits. Last season he recorded 45 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, six tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, and 13 quarterback hits.
Many expected the former third-round pick out of Georgia to take a major step forward last season. Unfortunately, the progression wasn’t as significant as many expected it to be. However, Carter suffered an ankle injury in Week 7 of the season that may have impacted his production more than people realize.
After dominating the 2018 NFL Combine by running a 4.46-second 40-yard dash and setting a record for edge rushers in the broad jump even with a 10′ 10″ jump, many experts felt the NY Giants had drafted a steal in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
While Carter is yet to recognize his full talent, expectations should be tempered by the fact that he is only heading into his third season in the NFL. Given the elite speed and athleticism that Carter possesses, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the 24-year-old linebacker take a major leap forward in the upcoming season and post double-digit sack totals.