Bucs' Carter, Melton eager to face old Cowboys teammates
Some of the Bucs' biggest offseason additions in free agency came from the Cowboys defense, with CB Sterling Moore, DT Henry Melton and LB Bruce Carter getting to face their old team Sunday when the Cowboys come to play the Bucs.
"It's going to be good to go up against all your brothers and whatnot," said Carter, who played four years with the Cowboys before signing with the Bucs in free agency. "At the same time, it's just another game and we have to go out and prepare for them and be ready for them to come in."
Moore, who earned his first start at cornerback last week and intercepted an Eli Manning pass on the first play of the game, declined to comment on Monday, but Melton said he's still very familiar with the players he'll be going up against Sunday.
"It's going to be fun. I know pretty much everyone on their o-line," Melton said. "I'm excited for it. Any tips I can give to help my d-linemen, some techniques that are going to work, it's going to be helpful for us."
Melton, who has 13 total tackles and one sack as a top backup, said he's been able to watch the Cowboys several times on TV this year, especially with their penchant for prime-time slots: "They're always on at night, so I've been watching them all year."
Carter was signed to be the Bucs' starting middle linebacker, but lost that job to rookie Kwon Alexander, who has played nearly every snap in the first eight games. Carter has been largely limited to playing special teams, where he's tied for the team lead with six total tackles.
"I think it was just a numbers thing that they weren't able to work out," he said. "I know they wanted me back. It's nothing personal. It's all good."
Carter said he hopes he can help his Bucs teammates by sharing what he knows about the Cowboys personnel, their tendencies, strengths and weaknesses, knowing so many of their key players so well as teammates.
"Definitely, helping out the linebackers, knowing their schemes, knowing their personnel inside and out, what guys like to do, who does what, how they block," said Carter, who still expects to work out in the Dallas area in the offseason. "Stuff like that, I'm sure that will go a long ways going into this game."
Asked if it was hard to see the Cowboys drop six games in a row since losing quarterback Tony Romo to injury, Carter said his attention has been on his current team, not his former one: "I've been focused on playing here with the Bucs."