Tony Carter has been waiting for an opportunity like Monday night.
Waiting might be the wrong word.
Since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2009, the Florida State product hasn’t stopped working.
“Hard work, just being ready when the opportunity comes,” Carter said.
In 2012, his opportunity has arrived.
After three seasons on and off of practice squads with Denver and New England, Carter made the Broncos’ active roster out of training camp. He has played in all six games so far this season, and on Monday against the Chargers, was on the field for more than 50 percent of the defensive snaps.
He took advantage, grabbing his first career interception and returning a fumble 65 yards for his first career defensive touchdown in the 35-24 win.
“It was a great team win,” Carter said. “For me, there was a little icing on the cake (with) Monday Night Football, getting a great opportunity.”
Carter has seen extensive playing time on defense in two games so far this season — in Atlanta, with fellow cornerback Chris Harris out with an injury, and in San Diego, with cornerback Tracy Porter out due to illness.
Now he hopes to continue making plays in a deep, talented secondary.
“I’ve always believed in myself, but actually going out and doing it, now I know I can do it,” he said. “So I just have to be consistent and try to keep it going.”
Head Coach John Fox has been impressed with what he’s seen from Carter all season long.
“It’s hard to measure heart,” Fox said. “We have all kind of physical measurements we use. Tony’s a guy that’s, in stature, not the largest human being there is. But he’s worked very hard.
“My hat is off to him and how hard he’s worked and taken advantage of his opportunities.”
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