Alex Carrington has been in the Buffalo Bills system for three years now, but is 2013 finally the year he gets his chance to shine? The third-round pick from Arkansas in 2010 has been a solid acquisition when given a chance to show his potential. While playing in just 30 percent of regular season snaps, Carrington has achieved four sacks, six pass breakups and a forced fumble.
Carrington couldn’t get off the sidelines last season due to the premiere players ahead of him in Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams. Also, he didn’t get much of an opportunity to use his pass rushing ability because of the unaggressive play calling from former defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt. According to the Buffalo News, the Bills were the least blitzing team in the NFL, blitzing on just 15 percent of passing plays.
Carrington is no way an elite player, but he is very versatile for his size. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound human Goliath can play anywhere on the defensive line including some formations as an outside linebacker. The versatile skill of Carrington can be an extremely useful asset under new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, as all of the other defensive players have lacked in versatility. Carrington can be comparable to one of the best players in the NFL, J.J. Watt. Yes, Carrington is far from Watt’s numbers, but both of these men are built very similarly. Not to mention, they are both freaks in the weight room.
Only time will tell what happens to Carrington in 2013. Maybe he gets going and lights up teams opposing quarterbacks. If this does happen, the defensive front can be a havoc in 2013. Carrington has seen a great increase in reps this offseason thus far, due to Williams’ rehabbing Achilles surgery. It’s obvious that the Bills like what they see so far, and with a newly installed defensive schematic, a system that is meant to creating mismatches from its versatility, Carrington believes his time to shine is now.
Joseph Sarro is a writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @BroSarro