Unheralded Carter wowing coaches
Winnipeg Free Press || June 9, 2013
By Paul Wiecek
Brett Carter has been taking fullest advantage during his first professional training camp of a rash of injuries that have decimated the Bombers receiving corps and is poised right now to become the Bombers' feel-good story this month.
The 20-year-old University of Winnipeg business administration student was brought to camp as an unsigned junior. But while the injured receivers ahead of him on the depth chart have watched from the sidelines the last few days, Carter has shown excellent hands and an ability to get open.
Tim Burke says Carter's play has had tongues wagging in the coaches' offices.
"He's doing a really good job," Burke said. "He's got a chance... I'm not going to say definitely (he's going to make the team), but he's got a chance."
Whatever happens, Carter's thrilled just to have a chance.
"There's obviously dreams of playing for your hometown team, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. For sure," says Carter. "Just being on the field with these guys, it's a dream."
The general consensus is Carter has looked at home during the first week of training camp and he says that's all he was hoping to do.
"I didn't want to look out of place. I wanted to get into the playbook right from the start and just not lack anything and just come here and try to be one of the guys."
Winnipeg Sun || June 8, 2013
By Kirk Penton
Somebody forgot to tell Brett Carter he was supposed to come to Bombers training camp, learn a few things and then go back to the Winnipeg Rifles.
If the young receiver isn’t careful, he’s going to end up making the Blue and Gold, either on the active or practice roster.
Head coach Tim Burke calls it like he sees it, and on Saturday morning he threw out there that Carter is “fourth or fifth” on the non-import receiver depth chart. If he’s fourth, that means he’ll end up on the 42-man roster. Even if he’s fifth, he’s still not going anywhere because the Bombers have two starting non-import receivers and need the depth.
The 20-year-old was one of the best players on the field Saturday morning, catching everything that was thrown his way.
“We were just talking about him,” Burke said. “He made a great catch (Friday) in the end zone. He’s not a bad player.”
Carter, who was interviewed before Burke made the interesting disclosure, said he’s having a blast running routes for his hometown team.
“Being a local guy and playing here? It’s great. It’s great playing on this team,” he said. “When I was young, just watching the Bombers play and having season tickets and coming to every game on Friday, it was great. It’s good to be a local guy here.
“The first couple times when I actually got the call and I was like oh man, hey, I might be playing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, it’s amazing.”
Carter, a former member of the St. Vital Mustangs midget team, led the Prairie Football Conference with 48 catches for 782 yards last season, and he finished second in the loop with six touchdowns.
CFL teams often invite junior players to training camp, but it’s usually just for their development. They rarely play in any pre-season games, but Carter is bucking that trend and could now end up on Winnipeg’s active or practice roster.