First impressions of DE Andre Carter

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Wearing Richard Seymour's old No. 93, veteran defensive end Andre Carter has been one of the standout performers in training camp over the last few days.

Carter, now in his 11th season, has generated a strong pass rush off the right side as it looks like there's plenty of life left in his legs.

During his Tuesday news conference, coach Bill Belichick expounded on what he's seen from the free-agent acquisition.

"I think handling the run is a strength of his," Belichick said when asked if Carter was more than just a pass-rusher. "He's a pretty talented player. He was the seventh pick in the [2001] draft; I don't think you stumble into that spot. He has good size (6-4, 255), he's long, he's got some length. He's got power. He plays hard, has a real good motor. Well conditioned athlete. Strong. Runs well. Good athlete. He's obviously been well coached, with his family, and his career at Cal. He has a lot of things going for him. He's a smart guy, he understands football concepts, and can make adjustments quickly. He works hard. Quite a few positives there."

Carter did not play in the preseason opener against Jacksonville, but is likely to suit up Thursday night in Tampa.