Andre Carter winning the outside linebacker battle -- for now
Andre Carter begins the preseason schedule ahead of Lorenzo Alexander in their outside linebacker competition.
Carter is listed as a starter for the opener Friday night against the Buffalo Bills at FedEx Field. Alexander, who also has multiple roles in special defensive packages and on special teams, will be Carter's primary backup in the game.
"We put Andre in with the first team this week. Lorenzo was in with the first team last week," said defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. "We're alternating some things. Andre's [going to] start the game. But that doesn't mean that he's the starter. We're going to put the best guys out there. Obviously, I feel good about Andre.
"He's a great pass rusher. He's still got to learn the coverages. He missed the offseason [because of biceps surgery], so that kind of put him behind a little bit. But he's a very intelligent guy, he's powerful, he's got long arms. He's adequate in coverage, good enough for this team, and I think he's going to get better and better in that aspect with more time."
Carter, beginning his 10th season, is coming off his best year. In addition to ranking seventh in the league with 11 sacks, Carter was fourth among NFL linemen in tackles, third in tackles for loss and sixth in forced fumbles. He also played the most snaps among Redskins defensive linemen.
But that was as a hand-down end in a 4-3. He struggled as a stand-up outside linebacker for one season with the San Francisco 49ers and was miserable in the role.
Carter, who has a no-trade clause for the length of his contract, was paid a $3.2 million bonus in July. He has a base salary of $1.3 million this season.
"You just have to keep working," Carter said. "You just keep working and you see what happens, but I like what we're doing. I can honestly say that."
August 11, 2010; 4:48 PM ET
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