It didn’t take long for the Falcons to put linebacker Bruce Carter back to work.
The veteran was immediately put into the special drills and running downfield covering a punt early in the practice on Wednesday.
“We brought Bruce Carter in as another inside linebacker,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “Bruce certainly has experience not only playing, but also experience on (special) teams.”
The Falcons waived rookie Dewey Jarvis to make room for the 30-year-old Carter this week.
Carter, who was a second-round pick by the Cowboys (40th overall) in 2011 draft, is a former starter in the NFL. He’s played in 90 games and made 36 starts. He was with the Jets in 2016 and 2017.
“He’s someone that we’ve had our eye on for awhile,” Quinn said. “Someone that we’ve been keeping up with and we thought this was the best opportunity to add him into our (team) now.”
Carter is 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds.
“I was very excited to get the call,” Carter said. “Coming into it, I want to bring that special teams presence. I know we have a young linebacker group and this is my eighth year. Hopefully, I can give them some experience from when I played and what to look for, but at the same time they can help me catch up on the playbook, which is always good because we are just talking football and everybody is getting better.”
Carter has been meeting with linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich to get up to speed.
“He’s a high-energy guy, really a player’s coach,” Carter said. “I think it’s great any time that you can get a coach that you’re able to relate to. He’s been a great help.”