Former NFL receiver Chris Carter hasn’t said the smartest things in recent years, but it’s hard to argue with one statement he made this week.
According to FoxSports.com, Carter showed some respect for Alan Branch, who he feels is better than a former Patriots player who was pretty good.
“Only football people know his name — he’s a better Vince Wilfork than Wilfork was the last couple of years,” said Carter.
“The key to great run defense is gap control, and while Branch is also a threat in the pass defense rushing the quarterback, it’s his ability to control two gaps in the middle of the line that makes him so valuable to the Patriots,” said Carter.
Branch has been an important part of a New England defense that helped them lead the league in fewest average points per game allowed, while also being disruptive up front. His presence will likely play an important part being as the Falcons bring in the 5th ranked rushing offense during the regular season, averaging 120.5 yards per game. They’re also tied for 3rd in the NFL with 20 rushing touchdowns.
He’s been a terrific addition and now he’s got an opportunity to go out there one more time and play well. If he does, he’ll be a Super Bowl champion.
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