Andre Carter is the Patriots Latest Addition

Andre Carter Patriots

The Patriots bought DE's in bulk this year.

In the continuing saga of the transformation of the Patriots defensive line, former 49er and Redskin defender Andre Carter has signed with the New England Patriots.

Carter was originally drafted by the 49ers, playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 formation. He racked up 32 sacks in his six years in San Francisco.

After signing a big free-agent deal in Washington, he transitioned well to the 4-3 scheme. As a defensive end Carter tallied 34 more sacks.

Carter, now 32 years old, had a somewhat disappointing year in 2010 – his worst year as a pro. Some of that can be put on the Redskins change to the 3-4 in 2010 that Carter, like his teammate Haynesworth, didn’t agree with.

That said, with his experience, he should immediately compete with Anderson and the incumbent Patriots Eric Moore, Jermaine Cunningham, and Rob Ninkovich for playing time.

Carter joins newcomers Mark Anderson, Shaun Ellis, and Albert Haynesworth on the defensive line.

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5 Responses to “Andre Carter is the Patriots Latest Addition”

  1. Jon L. says:

    I am very interested to see how all these new pieces will fit into the defensive scheme. I definitely don’t think signing Carter is a bad idea.

  2. Dan says:

    I think it’s going to be very interesting watching this newer defense come together, but the cuts are going to be just as interesting. Many of these guys that we are assuming are on the team will be gone. Cunningham has to make this team, Anderson has to make the team, Brace, and many of the 3-4 tackles from last year will have to make this team. There’s only so many spots…the competition through the preseason should be intense.

    • JMC says:

      I think your right about the cut although I’m not sure why Anderson is a lock-

      I think we will see most of the defensive players as part-time situational players.

      I’d still like to see them make a run at Matt Roth although that might be just a fan thing.

  3. Liam says:

    I can see a hybrid base, with Wilfork/Fat Al clogging the middle at DT, Shaun Ellis at LDE, Cunningham/Ninko at SAM LB filling a 3-4 like LB role, and Carter/Anderson at RDE/JACK LB mainly rushing the passer. We’d then see Mayo at WILL, and Spikes/Guyton at MIKE depending on the situation.

  4. Phil says:

    What depth we have at the position now…I am on the edge of my seat to see who will rise to the occasion this season.

    Shaun Ellis will add more to the wall of Haynesworth/Wilfork and them three will tear down the offensive running game.

    Mark Anderson provides some energy to the line and has the speed to sniff out the QB fast.

    Andre Carter, although a disappointing 2010 season can find himself very successful in New England. In a 4 man front I see him producing higher numbers.

    Jermaine Cunningham will be learning from the vets and will improve and build off of his last year.

    Bottom line…we’re stacked and ready for a Superbowl.

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