New England Patriots Links 12/21/11 - Mark Anderson Ready to Rush

With Pats premier pass rusher on IR, Mark Anderson auditioned nicely to be his replacement.

Christopher Price notes Mark Anderson picked up right where Andre Carter left off, including a strip sack of Tim Tebow and fumble recovery.

"Andre is one of the leaders on the team, and we’re going to miss him. As a team, it’ll be a big (loss). A lot of people have to step up and try and fill his shoes," Anderson said after a Tuesday walkthrough. "I’m going to do my best and try and do whatever I can do to help the team out. But like I said, he’s a big part of the team, and we’re going to miss him."

"I feel comfortable. I’m enjoying myself every time I’m on the field," the 28-year-old added. "I have fun when I play. This is my sixth year in the league, and there’s nothing new. I’ve seen just about everything there is to see. Now, it’s just going out there and executing plays."

Bill Belichick responds to a question about Mark Anderson's development this year.

I think Mark has had a pretty solid year. He came in in training camp. Obviously had no offseason, we had a lot of exposure to him; he played in Chicago. He had a productive career coming out of Alabama, particularly his senior year and Senior Bowl. He was in Chicago and then last year in Houston, played in the 3-4 type of scheme, he also played defensive end in their sub situation. It's kind of like what he does here. He's been a pretty consistent player for us all year - in our preseason games, practices, regular season games he's been productive. [He] Primarily plays on the outside at the end of the line which is what he did in college, what he did in Chicago, although Chicago did play him inside some but primarily outside and at Houston. Good athlete, works hard, on the field - he's out there every day. Works hard, keeps getting better - it's a good formula.

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