Buffalo Bills Training Camp Profile: Defensive Lineman Alex Carrington

By Scott DelleFave
Alex Carrington
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He is no way an elite defensive lineman, but Alex Carrington of the Buffalo Bills is an extremely versatile player as he can play defensive end, defensive tackle and even outside linebacker. This versatility will be a tremendous asset under new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as all the defensive players that have been interviewed so far this year have stressed versatility first and foremost over anything else.

Carrington is a mountain of a man at 6’5″ and 290 lbs. This new scheme of mass confusion and consistent pressure could be just what the doctor ordered for Alex. One of the best players in football is J.J. Watt and while he is far from Watt’s numbers, both of these guys are built similarly. Not to mention, they are both freakish in the athletic department. While he has only had four sacks in his three seasons in Buffalo, he has had several blocked field goals (including four in 2012 alone) and extra points. A few other “experts” on television are calling Carrington one of the best kept secrets in the league and could be poised for a huge breakout season in 2013.

What actually happens for Alex Carrington in 2013? Who knows, but time will tell and maybe this third round pick gets going and lights up opposing team’s quarterbacks. If he does, this defensive front will be a force of havoc against opposing offenses that should not taken for granted just because they are the “Buffalo Bills”, and they won’t be seen as soft anymore.

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