FOXBORO, Mass. — It would not be wise to expect Andre Carter to play at the same level he exhibited in 2011 with the Patriots. But the veteran pass rusher could be a boost to an already decent pass rush in New England.
Carter was not a highly sought-out free agent when the Patriots picked him up in 2011. He was coming off a season with just 2 1/2 sacks in five starts with the Redskins as an outside linebacker in Washington’s 3-4 defense. He bounced back in 2011 with a 10-sack season before going down in Week 15 with a quadriceps injury.
Carter had another 2 1/2-sack season with the Raiders in 12 games in 2012. He went unsigned until New England gave him a shot on Wednesday, signing him to a contract. Carter won’t get as much playing time in 2013 as he did in 2011, but he can still help out on third downs as an edge rusher.
In this weeks’ “No-Huddle Offense” we’ll go through some of the ways the Patriots can use Carter in the team’s hybrid defense.
1. New England could use Carter in ...