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first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away However, the guys at think Carter is muchbetter than the stats would indicate, tabbing him as a“Secret Superstar” heading into 2012.Considering his seamless transition, looking completely athome in the heart of the Cardinals’ defense, you wouldhave been excused for thinking that when the Cardinalslost Dan Williams to injury Carter would have vaulted intoa starting slot. As it happened, Arizona made the somewhatpuzzling decision of replacing Williams-lost to a brokenleft arm-with Nick Eason. The former Steeler had beenplaying as a reserve defensive end for the Cardinals butwas vaulted ahead of Carter into the starting lineup atnose tackle. This left Carter in the same role he hadoccupied behind Williams, but rather than gettingdownhearted at being passed up by a journeyman, he kepthis head down and maintained his early-season form.His late-season form, however, is what should haveCardinal fans excited as he put in his best games in rundefense against the 49ers, Browns, and Bengals during thefinal month of the season. In that trio of games, Cartertook advantage of some favorable matchups to record halfof his defensive stops from the season (five of his 10) inthose three games. Carter made three tackles for lossesagainst the AFC North pairings, but perhaps moreimpressive was the way in which he got the better ofJonathan Goodwin of the 49ers, one of the better runblocking centers in the league. In truth, Carter may still find it tough to get consistentplaying time. The Cardinals still have veterans DarnellDockett and Calais Campbell, and are pleased with thedevelopment and recovery of Williams, a first-round pickin 2010. And, it’s worth noting, Williams was a ‘secret superstar’ last season, sobeing listed among these ranks does not guarantee success.But at the very least one should feel optimistic, as theCardinals’ defensive line — with the names you know andsome you may not — could end up being one of the NFL’sbest. 0 Comments   Share   If you asked people which young player was going tobreakout and become a star for the Arizona Cardinals, thenames that would come up would be Patrick Peterson,Michael Floyd and Daryl Washington, among others.One name you likely wouldn’t hear — at least early in theconversation — is David Carter. The defensive lineman was taken in the sixth round of the2011 NFL Draft out of UCLA, and had a solid season,tallying 16 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in areserve role. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more