Leonte Carroo

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Leonte Carroo
Free agent
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1994-01-24) January 24, 1994 (age 25)
Edison, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Don Bosco Prep
(Ramsey, New Jersey)
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 3 / Pick: 86
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receiving yards:192
Receiving touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com

Leonte Carroo (born January 24, 1994) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played college football at Rutgers.

Early years[edit]

Carroo attended Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, New Jersey,[1] where he played high school football.[2] He committed to Rutgers University to play college football.[3]

College career[edit]

As a true freshman at Rutgers in 2012, Carroo played in all 13 games. He did not record a reception but did have a blocked punt and recorded one tackle on special teams.[4]

As a sophomore, he started the Scarlet Knight's season opener against Fresno State and finished the loss with five catches for 135 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Carroo caught his first career pass from Gary Nova and scored a 69-yard touchdown on it. On November 11, 2013, he caught a season-high seven passes for a season-high 147-yards and two touchdowns against the Temple.[5] He played in 10 games with three starts and had 28 receptions for 478 yards and nine touchdowns.[6]

He returned the following year as a junior and caught six passes for a season-high 151 receiving yards and a touchdown in Rutger's 41-38 victory over Washington State. On September 27, 2014, Carroo made a season-high seven receptions for 140-yards and a season-high three touchdowns against Tulane.[5] He finished 2014 starting all 13 games, recording 55 receptions for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns.[7][8]

During the first game of his senior year in 2015, Carroo broke Rutgers career receiving touchdown record with 22 touchdown receptions. He finished the Scarlet Knight's season opening 63-13 victory over the FCS's Norfolk State with three receptions, 129 receiving yards, and three touchdowns.[9] On September 13, he was suspended indefinitely by Rutgers after he was arrested and charged with simple assault for his role in an altercation that occurred after the team's game against Washington State.[10][11][12] After charges were dropped, he was reinstated on October 7.[13][14] He returned in time for Rutger's game against #4 Michigan State on October 10, 2015, and finished the 31-28 loss with a season-high seven catches for 134 receiving yards and a season-high three touchdowns. On November 28, 2016, he played in his last collegiate game and caught a season-high seven passes for a career-high 181-yards and a touchdown in a 41-46 loss to Maryland.[5] For the season he played in eight games, recording 39 receptions for 809 yards and 10 touchdowns.[15]

He finished his career at Rutgers with 122 receptions, 2,373 receiving yards, and a school-record 29 receiving touchdowns in his career. He also had three solo tackles and a pass deflection.[5]

College statistics[edit]

Leonte Carroo Receiving
Year Team GP Rec Yards TDs
2013 Rutgers 9 28 478 9
2014 Rutgers 13 55 1,086 10
2015 Rutgers 8 39 809 10
College Totals 30 122 2,373 29

Professional career[edit]


Immediately after finishing his collegiate career at Rutgers, some draft analysts projected Carroo as a second, third, or fourth round selection. He was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine but was not able to complete the entire workout due to an ankle injury. At Rutger's Pro Day, he did not perform any drills or workouts due to the same ankle injury he suffered in October 2015. Although scouts were impressed with his physical traits, NFL size, ball tracking abilities, run blocking, and strong hands many were still worried about his character and speed.[16]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 34 in
(1.85 m)
211 lb
(96 kg)
31 38 in
(0.80 m)
9 38 in
(0.24 m)
4.50 s 1.59 s 2.63 s 35 12 in
(0.90 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
14 reps
All values from NFL Combine[16][17]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Carroo was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the third round, 86th overall, in the 2016 NFL Draft.[18] The Dolphins traded their 2016 sixth round pick (186th overall), their 2017 third round pick, and their 2017 fourth round pick in order get the 86th overall pick to draft Carroo. Carroo was upset after falling to the third round.[19]

On May 24, 2016, the Miami Dolphins signed Carroo to a four-year, $3.10 million contract with a signing bonus of $700,388.[20]

With many talented wide receivers on the Miami Dolphins, Carroo entered training camp battling to be the fourth wide receiver on the depth chart behind veterans Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills, and DeVante Parker. He entered the regular season as the fourth receiver after defeating Griff Whalen, Jakeem Grant, and Rashawn Scott for the position.

On September 10, 2016, Carroo made his first career start in the Miami Dolphin's season and made two receptions for 14-yards in a 12-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He started in place of DeVante Parker who was unable to play due to a hamstring injury. The following nine games, he was unable to log a reception and only received two targets after Parker returned from injury. On November 27, 2016, Carroo made a game-winning 15-yard touchdown catch after replacing Parker who left the game with an injury. It was his first career touchdown and sealed the Dolphins' 31-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.[21]

In 2017, Carroo played in 14 games, recording seven receptions for 69 yards.[22] He was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on December 28, 2017 after having undisclosed emergency surgery on Christmas.[23]

On September 1, 2018, Carroo was waived by the Dolphins and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[24][25] He was promoted to the active roster on October 24, 2018.[26] On the season, he had two receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown.[27]

Personal life[edit]

At age 13, Carroo's mother sent him to live with the Yankovich family in Ramsey, New Jersey. His parents decided that sending him 70 minutes away from their home in Edison, New Jersey was the best choice and much safer then staying in his hometown. He lived with the Yankovich's until he graduated from Don Bosco Prep in 2012. After graduating, he chose to attend Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey to be closer to his sister Kenisha who lived in Edison.[19]


  1. ^ Duggan, Dan (April 29, 2016). "NFL Draft 2016: Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo picked by the Miami Dolphins in the third round". NJ Advance Media for NJ.com. Retrieved April 30, 2016. A four-star recruit out of New Jersey powerhouse Don Bosco Prep, Carroo played exclusively on special teams as a true freshman in 2012.
  2. ^ "Leonte Carroo's High School Timeline". MaxPreps.com. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "Leonte Carroo, Don Bosco Prep , Wide Receiver". 247Sports. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  4. ^ Rutgers' Leonte Carroo is having an impact on special teams
  5. ^ a b c d "Sports-Reference: Leonte Carroo". sports preference.com. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  6. ^ Rutgers' Carroo hones in on end zone
  7. ^ Leonte Carroo foregoing NFL Draft to return to Rutgers football
  8. ^ Big Ten preview: Is Rutgers' Leonte Carroo the Big Ten's best wide receiver?
  9. ^ Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo sets school record for TD receptions
  10. ^ Rutgers' Leonte Carroo charged with simple assault in domestic violence incident
  11. ^ Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo indefinitely suspended for incident following game
  12. ^ Rutgers receiver Carroo arrested, charged with assault
  13. ^ Suspended Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo reinstated by coach Kyle Flood
  14. ^ Leonte Carroo back with Scarlet Knights
  15. ^ Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo impresses scouts before injuring ankle at Senior Bowl
  16. ^ a b "NFL Draft Profile: Leonte Carroo". NFL.com. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  17. ^ "Leonte Carroo, DS #12 WR, Rutgers: 2016 NFL Draft". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  18. ^ "2016 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  19. ^ a b Adam Beasley (May 6, 2016). "Draft slide latest obstacle for Miami Dolphin's Leonte Carroo to overcome". Miamiherald.com. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  20. ^ "Spotrac.com: Leonte Carroo contract". spotrac.com. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  21. ^ Ryan Dunleavy (November 28, 2016). "Leonte Carroo, former Rutger's star, scores first NFL touchdown as game-winner for Miami Dolphins". nj.com. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  22. ^ "Leonte Carroo 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  23. ^ "Miami Dolphins Make Roster Moves". MiamiDolphins.com. December 28, 2017.
  24. ^ "Miami Dolphins Make Roster Moves". MiamiDolphins.com. September 1, 2018.
  25. ^ "Miami Dolphins Sign 10 To Practice Squad". MiamiDolphins.com. September 2, 2018.
  26. ^ "Dolphins Promote Leonte Carroo, Albert Wilson To IR". MiamiDolphins.com. October 24, 2018.
  27. ^ "Leonte Carroo 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 29, 2019.

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