The New Orleans Saints have a lot of questions at wide receiver behind Michael Thomas, with Cameron Meredith recovering from injury, Ted Ginn Jr another year older, Tre’Quan Smith entering just his second year after an uninspiring rookie campaign, and then a bunch of UDFAs behind them.
One such player is former New England Patriots WR Austin Carr. Carr played in 14 games for the Saints in 2018, starting two, and was forced into more action when Ginn, Meredith, and the ill-fated Dez Bryant all were unable to step up. All in all, Carr finished the year with 9 catches on 14 targets for 97 total yards, but he did find the end zone twice.
Carr was largely invisible in the 2018 playoffs, finishing with just one catch for five yards combined in both games.
Austin Carr - At a Glance
- Approximate Value: 1 (first full year)
- Overall Grade: 54.9
- Receiving Grade: 54.8
- Total Snaps: 275 (274 on offense and 1 on special teams)
With only 9 catches on the year, it’s hard to find too many highlights of Carr’s from the season. Since he at least scored two touchdowns, we can take a look at those two scores from the 2018 season. His first career touchdown came in the blowout against the Philadelphia Eagles, but early when the game was still competitive:
Drew Brees finds Austin Carr for his first career NFL touchdown! #PHIvsNO pic.twitter.com/FBbcasfHZj— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) November 18, 2018
His second touchdown was even more memorable, coming at home against the division rival Atlanta Falcons.
Brees finds Austin Carr running free for a 12-yard touchdown strike!#ATLvsNO pic.twitter.com/ICESIZR3MB— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) November 23, 2018
Two touchdowns against two pairs of dirty birds. Not bad.
But we’ll see if Carr sticks on the roster for 2019, and that will ultimately come down to how many - and which - other wide receivers the Saints bring into fold before next season.