One on One: Andre Carter

Here is a one on one John Keim conducted with Andre Carter.

Q: You have a unique ability to get a sack and force a fumble, when do you know just to tackle them or when to strip?

A: That comes in with practice, through repetitions on the practice field and OTAs and minicamps and everything. Even though I can't touch the quarterback, I always simulate coming in and bringing my hand in high and coming low.

Q: Is it something where if you see the ball you go for it and if you don't, then you don't?

A: Even if I don't see it, I'm sacking with one arm and coming across with the other, in case I don't knock the ball out I can still bring it down and get the sack.

Q: Was that something your dad, as a former defensive lineman, taught you? Did you have to learn this?

A: I started watching film. There was a DVR that showed the best top 10 pass rushers of all time so it had guys like Reggie White, Strahan and even some throwback guys that I can't remember their names. Deacon Jones. One thing I admired watching them was in the last few minutes of the half they were always trying to strip the ball. Lawrence Taylor came high. I added that to my repertoire and since then it's been great.

Q: What's it feel like to have a sack/fumble?

A: It feels great. There's no more incredible feeling than to make a big play and allow the offense to score.

Q: At what point do you know you've got them? Can you tell?

A: You know what, it's just too fast. Sometimes with sacks it comes from the second move. Sometimes it just comes and you're like, "Oh my gosh I'm here," when you turn the corner. But when you have it, it's the best feeling in the world.


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