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Andre Carter leaves big shoes to fill

Inquiring minds want to know: Who plugs the pass-rushing void for the Patriots?

Updated: December 20, 2011, 11:35 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

How will the Patriots replace veteran defensive end Andre Carter?

That was the primary question among e-mailers to this week's Patriots mailbag. Carter had an excellent season as one the team's most consistent, reliable defenders. His professionalism and veteran influence was easy to see, and the reaction of Patriots players also spoke volumes.

"Andre puts so much in with his leadership alone. He gives a lot to this team," defensive lineman Vince ...

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