The Patriots announced the signing of three more defensive linemen today, giving the team 19.
Andre Carter, one of the three veteran signees along with Gerard Warren and Shaun Ellis, said he’s never seen so many D-linemen on one team, but believes it will only be a plus.
“I always say, ‘hey, the better the numbers the greater the success’ so … it just creates competition within each individual,” he said.
Carter, the No. 7 pick in the 2001 draft, had his greatest success as an end on teams that ran base 4-3 systems – in Washington in 2009, he recorded 12.5 sacks, but last year, when the Redskins switched to a 3-4 and he was moved back to outside linebacker, he didn’t have the same success.
“It was a great scheme but just being the person I am I’ve just been a defensive end,” he said. “The 3-4 did create versatility in me and I did my due diligence and it’s a thing of the past and you just have to move on, move forward.”
So what will Carter be doing with New England?
“It’s a slow progression. When we did talk … it was just simple – you put your hand in the dirt and go. Now granted you’ve got to be smart and do your job but as far as that we were on the same (wave length) as far as communication,” he said.
Carter’s father, Rubin, played for Bill Belichick when Belichick was an assistant special teams/defensive coach in Denver in 1978.