Looking to boost their pass rush, the Arizona Cardinals have worked out former New England Patriots defensive end Andre Carter. The Cards and Pats are set to face off on Sunday, so signing Carter would add to the storyline leading up to the game.
Still recovering from a quad injury, Carter’s main concern is getting healthy and proving that he is productive despite the injury. He was a force against the run last season and also provided a high amount of value as a pass rusher. But still, it was his prowess in run defense that was especially impressing and is something that gets overlooked by the average fan.
The problem is that reports are saying that Carter’s speed and explosiveness have declined due to the injury. While he is still recovering, his age says that not much should be expected out of Carter aside from a role as more of a role player due to his decreased pass rushing ability. His work in run defense would be the biggest asset for a team like the Cardinals, which is something to take into account.
However, the Cardinals bigger need at this point is finding another pass rushing presence, but that’s mainly with regards to an edge rusher. The benefits of adding Carter due to his run defense are enticing, but the Cardinals do have a solid veteran backup DE in Vonnie Holliday. It would be interesting to see the Cards sign Carter, but I doubt they ended up picking him up because they are four deep at DE. He would help the team, but I really don’t think we’ll be seeing Carter in a Cards uniform on Sunday.
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