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Andre Carter looks a keeper in New England

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With so many defensive linemen in New England, we have been waiting to see what players emerge.  The ones that don’t could be shown the door because of a roster crunch.

Former Redskin Andre Carter looks likely to stick.  And very possibly start.

Carter started Thursday night against Tampa Bay, and had his way with tackle Donald Penn and Bucs backup James Lee.  Carter had three pressures, three holds drawn, and a quarterback hit, Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe notes.

“Penn was so pathetic that one time he just tried to use his butt to block Carter. And it didn’t work,” Bedard writes.

We still have our doubts about New England’s ability to rush the passer, but with Jerod Mayo blitzing more (2 sacks last night), Bill Belichick may be starting to find solutions.

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30 Responses to “Andre Carter looks a keeper in New England”
  1. weightshakes says: Aug 19, 2011 3:33 PM

    He proved he could be a terror against backups.

    Who knows what he’ll do against quality first stringers.

  2. jnbnet says: Aug 19, 2011 3:34 PM

    Yes we know…it’s just preseason…however the new D was very impressive. How will things look when big Al get into the line up? Bill has never been a big blitzer, but he will does what it takes. If it means more blitzing…then so be it.

  3. beastofeden says: Aug 19, 2011 3:41 PM

    He was solid in DC. And that was playing besides a bunch a two bit clowns. With the proper coaching, which Im suree he is receving in NE, A. Carter can make some noise.

  4. all4patriots says: Aug 19, 2011 3:46 PM

    weightshake: “He proved he could be a terror against backups”


    umm… he was matched up with Donald Penn, who played in the pro bowl last year

  5. orakpownd says: Aug 19, 2011 3:52 PM

    Andre Carter is a great player and even better person..which is rare these days in the league…Thanks Andre for your time in Washington..I hope it all works out!!

  6. allheat says: Aug 19, 2011 3:56 PM

    What language is that headline?

  7. drop703 says: Aug 19, 2011 3:56 PM

    Andre Carter is a very good player. The Pats are using more of a four man front this year and Carter is a very good pass rusher. As a Skins fan, I’m glad that he’s having a good preseason. Now, if they could only fix Haynesworth…

  8. rexryansdirtysock says: Aug 19, 2011 3:59 PM

    Donald Penn is a quality first stringer.

    And he proved to be a terror against him.

  9. RussianBreadMaker says: Aug 19, 2011 4:00 PM

    Andre Carter is a quality player. Weight room warrior and all around good guy. HTTR

  10. rc33 says: Aug 19, 2011 4:01 PM

    NE’s pass rush looks much improved. And they’ve been doing it thusfar without Haynesworth and Shaun Ellis, bot of whom will almost certainly be ready when the real bullets starts flying. The return of Myron Pryor and Mike Wright helps too; both are good players but were lost at midseason last year.
    Mayo has been a surprise on the outside. Never knew he could rush the passer so effectively cuz it clearly wasn’t part of his job discription in years past.

  11. mattyk72 says: Aug 19, 2011 4:02 PM

    AC was a nice player with the Skins, but was a player without a position once they switched to the 3-4.

    I could see him doing well in New England, with his hand in the dirt he can still get after the QB.

  12. ampats says: Aug 19, 2011 4:03 PM

    weightshakes says:

    He proved he could be a terror against backups.

    I believe Tampa Bay has their 1′s in and they had to pull Freeman from keeping him from getting killed.

    Speaking about backups, how are your jets?

  13. duncanthecat says: Aug 19, 2011 4:11 PM

    Yes, he’s a keeper. Good locker room guy too.

    On the other hand, hopefully he is kept at the cost of retaining Haynesworth, so Big Lazy Al can go and wreck havoc in The Eagles lockerroom.

  14. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 19, 2011 4:14 PM

    Thanks Redskins!

  15. humb0lt says: Aug 19, 2011 4:36 PM

    Are the Patriots a 3-4 or 4-3? Belichick can’t make up his mind.

  16. trollaikman8 says: Aug 19, 2011 4:40 PM

    >Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe notes.
    >Boston Globe.

    Stopped reading.

  17. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 19, 2011 4:43 PM

    Looks like Carter won’t make the team. He was doing well, and the coaches wanted to keep him, but unfortunately Haynesworth got the munchies after a few bong hits and ate him.

  18. bowlhounds says: Aug 19, 2011 4:51 PM

    I think I hit on it, for the last 5 Pats stories posted here there have been NO signs of Bozo ( the clown) and an increase of Flagstaff comments HHHHHMMMMMMMNNNNNN. Couls this be like Clark Kent and his alter ego in tights? one and the same in their pen*^ envy of New England.

  19. richm2256 says: Aug 19, 2011 5:13 PM

    humb0lt says:
    Are the Patriots a 3-4 or 4-3? Belichick can’t make up his mind
    —————————————————–

    Why limit yourself to one scheme?

    This is what seperates him from the Herm Edwards and Jeff Fishers of the world.

  20. theothers09 says: Aug 19, 2011 5:17 PM

    Class act in DC signed my son’s hat and talked to him about college for 10 min. Much success A. Cater!!

  21. madd5555likesthedudes says: Aug 19, 2011 5:47 PM

    Everyone liked Andre, as a player and a guy. He just isnt a 3-4 end, sadly.

    Coincidentally, he is rumored to have the biggest one in the NFL (from a teammate in SF)…

  22. madd5555likesthedudes says: Aug 19, 2011 5:47 PM

    how bout that for a nugget!

  23. gimmeabruschi says: Aug 19, 2011 5:57 PM

    Belichick inherited a handful of key guys on D and added a few of his own to put a strong 3-4 D on the field early in his tenure. He has been seeking the strong OLBs for his 3-4 for a while and it just hasn’t happened and the D has slowly slipped out of the first tier because of that. There just aren’t many of those types available around the league or from the draft in recent years.

    Reluctantly, looking at what he has and what was available he is going to a 4-3 for the most part. Better to have a couple mediocre DLs in a 4-3 than a couple of mediocre OLBs in a 3-4.

    Carter should stick in this new format.

  24. jrs1972 says: Aug 19, 2011 6:21 PM

    weightshakes says: Aug 19, 2011 3:33 PM
    He proved he could be a terror against backups.
    ———————
    Exactly, I want to see if he can embarrass someone who went to the probowl in 2010 like that… oh wait a second. hmmm

  25. touchdownsyndrome says: Aug 19, 2011 6:37 PM

    AC is a good dude and guy that I can root for no regardless of the uniform.

    HTTR!

  26. duncanthecat says: Aug 19, 2011 6:45 PM

    Maybe this is the only way the Redskins will win a championship.

  27. ryanmallettsbluntwrap says: Aug 19, 2011 6:53 PM

    There isn’t enough players out there like this guy anymore , a hard worker , that will not complain about a thing , plays because he loves the game . He looks like he is hungry to win some games.

  28. bcgreg says: Aug 19, 2011 7:25 PM

    He was used incorrectly in Washington last year after a very good 2009. Let’s see what happens in 2011.

  29. jnbnet says: Aug 19, 2011 7:56 PM

    bowlhounds says:
    Aug 19, 2011 4:51 PM
    I think I hit on it, for the last 5 Pats stories posted here there have been NO signs of Bozo ( the clown) and an increase of Flagstaff comments HHHHHMMMMMMMNNNNNN. Couls this be like Clark Kent and his alter ego in tights? one and the same in their pen*^ envy of New England.

    =================================
    Can’t be. The only thing they have in common is that they’re both total idiots.

  30. ronswansonsdinner says: Aug 19, 2011 11:44 PM

    “Penn was so pathetic that one time he just tried to use his butt to block Carter. And it didn’t work”

    Boom, roasted. As a Bucs fan, this quote is spot on and hopefully Penn doesn’t play like this and plays like he did last season.

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