CB Alex Carter intent on remaining with Lions

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Alex Carter

Allen Park — When the Detroit Lions let Alex Carter know he was being let go as part of the team’s final roster cuts this weekend, they also let the young cornerback know they wanted him back on the practice squad if he cleared waivers.

A third-round draft pick in 2015, Carter probably could have found another taker. The 22-year-old cornerback, who missed his rookie season due to an ankle injury, would likely have been a nice practice squad addition for a number of teams around the NFL, but he wanted to return to Detroit.

Carter serves as his own agent and said he didn’t listen to other offers.

“I was really focused on coming back here, so I wasn’t really listening to that,” he said.

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Among the reasons he came back was his comfort level with the coaching staff and teammates, plus the fact he feels he’s starting to turn a corner in his development.

“I just want to continue to work, continue to get better,” Carter said. “Obviously, it didn’t go exactly the way I wanted it to go, but this is where I’m at, take advantage of it, be thankful for the opportunity and keep working.”

The Lions selected Carter 80th overall last year. At 6-foot, 198 pounds, he posted one of the best vertical jumps for his position at the scouting combine, leaping 40 inches. A three-year starter at Stanford, he tallied 143 tackles, 16 pass break-ups and two interceptions.

Instead of Carter, the Lions kept undrafted rookie cornerback Adairius Barnes on the 53-man roster.

“Tough, young, developing, gritty, eager to learn,” coach Jim Caldwell said when asked what Barnes brings to the table. “Very, very determined guy that’s got some ability, so we certainly like what we see.”


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