New England Patriots work out Andre Carter

Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive end Andre Carter (97) on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots had a tough time Sunday getting to Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel, and they’re already looking at ways to improve their pass-rush before they face a mores seasoned passer like Peyton Manning or Joe Flacco.

Today they worked out veteran defensive end Andre Carter, who the team is very familiar with:


Carter, a 13-year veteran who the Oakland Raiders hoped to provide a pass rush, was released during final cuts two weeks ago, and hasn’t gotten much interest since then. The Pats are likely just kicking the tires on everyone, but Carter could provide them with a nice veteran presence on a defense that is lacking such.

Or maybe they’ll bring him in to play just the New York Jets. He holds the franchise record for the most sacks in a single game, as he notched 4 in 2011 vs the Jets.



Topics: Andre Carter, New England Patriots, NFL

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