After the announcement of the Bills switch to the 43 one player immediately stuck out in my mind. Although the prospect of Dareus and Williams in the middle is awesome I have been wondering if this switch to the 43 will benefit Carrington more than any other player on the roster.
I will preface this by saying that I am unsure how he will adjust, so i'm looking for some good thoughts on this because i'm not sure if my assessment is correct or not. However, here's what I've been thinking...
When I was thinking about Carrington in that strong side DE role I think he's got some strong attributes that could make him a good starter on this team. He's definitely already a good backup option but I think he could, and hopefully will, push Kelsay for the starting role.
1) He's strong at the point of attack. Considering he was drafted to be a 34 DE and take on 2 blockers holding the edge should be a strong suit for him. He'll hold contain and that will help us in the run game so he won't be a liability in that department.
2) He's very athletic for a man of his size (6'5 305 as of now). I would anticipate him dropping some weight (down to 285 again?) and getting more athletic in the process. He's not in the Robert Mathis mold but he's no slouch either. I think he could get after the QB very well as a strong side DE because he likes to push linemen back, which helps keep contain. But he's also got the athletic ability to get around linemen with different moves to get after the QB.
3) He seems to be a good worker, he's done what the Bills have asked in the past and he has not complained. He added weight and even tried to play OLB in the 34. So while he's willing to do different things he's also willing to work at his craft.
4) This is his 3rd season in the NFL. Unfortunately it's his 2nd scheme but he's antiquated with how the NFL works and what it takes to succeed in the NFL. Namely hard work and doing what the coaches ask of him. Being a former 3rd round pick means that right around now is when he really should start coming into his own as an NFL player.
While i'm optimistic that Carrington will flourish as our 43 DE I am uncertain. What do you guys think? Will he make the transition? Is he suited for that role? Will he push for a starting job?