Carter Looks To Put It All Together
by: Joe McDonald | Publisher and Editor-in-Chief | Sunday, August 20, 2006

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - No one doubts the ability of Plaxico Burress or Amani Toomer. And if they stay healthy they two bookend receivers will anchor the Giants corps.

But, behind the two All-Pros is fifth year wide-out Tim Carter, whose injuries have curtailed his growth as a receiver.

This season, though, the 26 year-old says it’s going to be different.

“Last year, I was coming off some injuries and that was tough getting into a grove,” Carter who has 714 total receiving years in four seasons, said. “So I was rushed getting into the season. This year, I went into the off-season healthy, so I got the proper training and I have a lot more confidence and more explosive than previous years.”

And he may have a point. In the Giants 17-0 victory over the Chiefs last Thursday, Carter caught one pass for 20 years and ran the ball for 14 yards on the first play of the game. He looked like he had no lasting injury problems and will be ready for when the Giants call his name.

Which may not be all that often with so many offensive players, but Carter doesn’t mind.

“I love it,” he said. “After the first half we were talking about how we had a lot of weapons. Eli [Manning] is real confident in running the offense. Plaxico and Amani will continue to do their things and [Jeremy] Shockey is like a receiver. Tiki Barber also can catch the ball out of the backfield. We are really excited about having a good year.”

With such offensive efficiency, Carter may have to perform of lose playing time to players like second round pick Sinorice Moss. The rookie has been injured most of training camp, but still looms in the background.

Carter said he doesn’t worry about Moss or anyone else other than himself, but coach Tom Coughlin thinks the extra time with the rookie out has helped Carter.

“Well Tim has hung in there,” Coughlin said. “He’s been on the field. The guys that are out practicing and playing, and might not be a stellar player every day, but are out there, and to that extent he’s done a good job. He has battled some physical things, and he’s done a good job.”

Now all Carter needs is to stay healthy and continue to perform like he did last Thursday.