Davis: Nobody commandeers the spotlight like Duron Carter

Duron Carter is among the most intriguing, charismatic, infuriating and talented people to ever play football for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

When the CFL team announced Carter, a potential free agent, had signed another one-year contract, Roughrider fans immediately recalled his one-handed grabs as a receiver and his pick-six when he was moonlighting as a starting cornerback during the 2017 season. They also know he fights with teammates during practices or sometimes loses his composure during games and takes needless penalties. Carter also befriends almost everyone he meets with his aw-shucks, smiling attitude and he never fails to answer for himself when called upon by fans or media.

Polarizing? Oh, yeah!

Carter was chosen as the Roughriders’ most outstanding player last season in voting conducted by the CFL’s head coaches and the Football Reporters of Canada. It wasn’t unanimous because defensive end Willie Jefferson and defensive back Ed Gainey were also in the mix, but nobody commandeered the spotlight like Carter.

He’s got lots going for himself. To keep it heading in the right direction, Riders boss Chris Jones meets daily with Carter to discuss . . .  well, almost anything, particularly their approach to the upcoming day. Jones, a football lifer, says he’s never met anybody quite like Carter and, in addition to admiring his athleticism, truly enjoys their relationship.

When he’s focused, Carter is capable of highlight-reel touchdown catches, serving as a special-teams returner, moving to the defensive side of the football and showing the naysayers (guilty!) that he truly can cover opposing pass-catchers.

Who wouldn’t want a guy like that? Apparently, a few teams aren’t particularly interested, including NFL squads that have sniffed around and decided against making him serious, roster-making offers. Maybe other CFL teams would have pursued Carter, but the Roughriders weren’t going to risk losing the kingpin of their starry receiving corps, particularly after recently acquiring veteran quarterback Zach Collaros to throw the football.

For his part, Carter said he feels comfortable in Saskatchewan and believes the Roughriders are on the verge of winning a Grey Cup. Winning a championship isn’t easy these days, as Jones noted, with players and coaches seldom willing to stay with one team for four or five seasons anymore. Witness the recent offseason moves among the coaching ranks and imagine what could happen Feb. 13, when more than 100 CFL players become free agents.

Like most veteran players in the CFL, Carter signed a one-year deal. Jones constructed a solid defensive unit last season. Adding Collaros was intended to shore up an offence that would be much better with Carter than without him. They’ve got one more year to try again.

Darrell Davis

Darrell Davis

Darrell Davis has reported on the Riders for more than 20 years and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame media wing in 2006.
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Darrell Davis has reported on the Riders for more than 20 years and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame media wing in 2006.

24 Comments on Davis: Nobody commandeers the spotlight like Duron Carter

  1. RalphInTheCreek // January 23, 2018 at 10:44 am //

    When he hooks up with Zach it will be a site to behold, especially in Hamilton.

  2. White Horse // January 23, 2018 at 10:45 am //

    Enough about Manziel and Carter please. Both talented for sure, but we have heard and read enough all ready. None of us care that much. Actual news worthy reading will be about the Eskimos. How will they build a team that needs to head to their own locker room because the 2018 Grey Cup is in Edm. Can Sunderland pull it all together to build a Grey Cup team?

    • rider fan // January 23, 2018 at 1:09 pm //

      Ok how is free agency going in stamp land .What do the stamps need this year in your opinion?

  3. IMO , the ESKS will be the team to beat in 2018, that is , if Reilly remains healthy. Glen may yet be the sleeper backup. Even at 38, Glen can still play great football. With CJ Gable the ESKs will be very tough to beat in 18 game season. GC 106 in their backyard. Alot of motivation.

    • @Steve D Borsa is obviously a fan of the ONE team in the CFL Glenn hasn’t played for yet.

      “Even at 38, Glen can still play great football.”

      Kevin Glenn didn’t play “great football” the whole time he was in Montreal. He had the occasional spectacular game (one/season is his average, I guess). The rest of the time he oscillated between “meh” and “blech”.

      I’d be willing to wager fans of the other 7 CFL teams have the same impression, from when Glenn afflicted their franchise. Let’s face it. Glenn hasn’t been the only CFL quarterback in history to play for all 9 franchises because he’s a great quarterback.

      He’s the CFL’s least wanted. Has been his whole mediocre career.

  4. Glenn can play great football lol. If he plays you’ll never win when it counts. He’s .500 at best (check his career win loss record), and he always melts down in the must win games. Better hope Reilly stays healthy.

  5. Kind of annoying how Davis is late to the party with the fourth or fifth DC re-signing opinion piece. He’s annoying on the GreenZone and I can’t listen to him or read his “work”, including this one. What a dinosaur.

    • Stumps choke // January 23, 2018 at 1:24 pm //

      Bingo. I turned of the LoserZone 3 years ago and won’t be back. Nye is as useless as Davis. Davis was from the hood, and was a cry baby back then, and I see he still is.

      • I get Davis, but Jamie Nye has gotten better. Maybe I’m biased because I grew up friend’s with his oldest brother, but he has improved.

  6. Stumps choke // January 23, 2018 at 1:22 pm //

    Davis you bitter old man with no talent. Your negative obsession for the Riders is clinical. Get some help, or stop writing about it. It’s not healthy.

    • North of 49 // January 23, 2018 at 4:12 pm //

      CJME’s bitterness comes from their rival CKRM getting the rites to Radio game day play by play. As well as the official voice of the Riders contract after contract.
      When you get turned away time and time again you probably can’t help but get bitter.

  7. Blackhawk89 // January 23, 2018 at 2:49 pm //

    Everything is great with Carter as long as his personal babysitter Jones keeps him on the rails.

  8. Scottsask // January 23, 2018 at 3:14 pm //

    Darrell! You tried to write something positive! Good job, have a great day!

  9. I can’t wait to see the reaction from Collaros when Carter starts whining about not getting thrown to enough.

    • Stumps choke // January 23, 2018 at 5:54 pm //

      Your speculation is nothing more a pot stirring tactic. Given our newly hired receivers coach, and given how last year went, this is not an issue except in your mind.

  10. Thar she blows!!!! Look out Zach,DUCK!!! Oh,shit!!!!!

  11. Collaros will not tolerate any of Carter’s me-first attitude. Just wait and see.

  12. As an Alouettes fan, and after having watched this specimen for a couple seasons, up close and poisonal, I can happily predict this one thing: not sure when it’ll happen. But it will not end well for Carter and the Green Riders. Looking forward to it. And to this pestilence being removed from our league.

  13. I’ll tell you this: Rakeem Cato was arguably the Alouettes best shot at developing a winning, starting quarterback, last few seasons. Certainly his fate would have been different, if we’d only had an offensive line (or if Jacob Ruby had gotten the flu a few weeks in a row).

    But it is beyond the shadow of a doubt that if Duron Carter had not been on that squad, Cato would still be leading the Alouettes.

    Regardless of who was unjustifiably crucified for the altercation that resulted in Cato’s ultimate departure, one look at this Alouettes roster: and it’s apparent lack of ANY starting quarterback, and it’s obvious that a large part of it is Duron Carter’s doing. Hurricane Carter left devastation in his wake, on a team that could ill afford his ruthless egomania.

    I wouldn’t be surprised, when all is said and done, if a Manziel signing might just be the final nail in the coffin of this team.

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