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June 06, 2012

Bruce Carter works on winning ILB spot, including making calls like Sean Lee

Inside linebacker Bruce Carter, in a competition with Dan Connor to start opposite Sean Lee, said he’s doing what he can to prepare to win the job.

Part of that is taking advantage of his time on the field during OTAs, which he didn’t get last year because of the lockout – and because he was hurt, anyway.

“It can kind of hit you if you’re not prepared,” he said. “It comes fast. At this time last year, I was hurt. We didn’t have the opportunity to have OTAs. You’ve just got to be prepared and just go out there and play.”

Carter said he making some defensive calls, also. That responsibility belongs to Lee, but Carter said he is practicing that, too.

“I’ve been doing a lot of that because you never know, if Sean goes out or what-not,” he said. “We just kind of echo everything. ... You never know. It could be me and Connor, me and Sean, or Sean and Connor. You never know.”

Carter said he wants to take charge when he’s on the field, if he has to.

“Oh yes, definitely,” he said. “That’s how you get the respect from the D-linemen and the secondary. They put their trust in you. That you’re going to get the call, that you’re going to get the job done.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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