The Baltimore Ravens have acquired running back Delone Carter from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for wide receiver-kick returner David Reed, both teams announced Wednesday.
As is the case with most preseason trades, it represents a change of scenery for two players on the roster bubble with their former squads.
Carter was in a battle with Donald Brown for the Colts’ third-string running back job behind Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard. He now has a chance to be the Ravens’ third-string running back behind Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce.
With Rice and Pierce both expected to carry the load again this season, it’s worth mentioning that last season’s third-string back, Anthony Allen, had just 16 carries for 61 yards and one touchdown.
Carter, a 2011 fourth-round draft pick from Syracuse University, has rushed for 499 yards and five touchdowns on 133 carries over his first two seasons. As for his pass catching skills, the 26-year-old won’t offer much in that department as he has just six career catches for 31 yards.
For what it’s worth, Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell coached Carter in 2011, his final season as the Colts’ head coach.
Meanwhile, Reed, a 2010 fifth-round draft pick by the Ravens, failed to live up to his potential after bursting onto the scene as a kick returner during his rookie campaign. The University of Utah product led the NFL with a 29.3 kickoff return yard average during his first season, including a 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Houston Texans.
Reed has only five career receptions for 66 yards, including a career-best three receptions for 44 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals during last season’s regular-season finale.
Reed may be best remembered by Ravens fans for his lackluster performance during a Week 10 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks in 2011, when he was replaced as the team’s starting kick returner after losing a pair of first half fumbles in a 22-17 Ravens loss.
Now, both Carter and Reed get a fresh start with a new organization.