Carter has responded under Parcells

Quincy Carter and Reggie Wayne are among those who have gone from rags to riches this season.

Updated: November 12, 2003, 10:54 AM ET
By Eric Edholm | Pro Football Weekly
Any discussion about the most improved players around the league has to start with a careful definition of what it means to be truly "improved."

Do we include players who already are fairly established but are considered superstars now? (Chiefs KR-PR Dante Hall comes to mind.) Or is this a group that should be made up of nobodies-turned-solid players?

We leaned more to the former, invoking, as one editor dubbed it, the "Torry Holt rule" -- leaving off the list players who are playing at an all-time level this season if they had achieved some level of significant accomplishment in past seasons.

So that leaves us with the others guys -- the players who, for whatever reasons, are going from rags to relative riches this season. Either they have come a long way from where they ever had been before or their latent talents finally are being realized.

Whatever the reason, they deserve to be recognized.