" Alex Carrington has agreed to a deal with the #Rams, source says. They find their D-line help."
- Ian Rapoport
" Alex Carrington has agreed to a deal with the #Rams, source says. They find their D-line help."
- Ian Rapoport
Anyone know more about this guy? And yeah, I know this is a depth move, for a depth move this seems like a very good move to me.
Btw why another DE over DT?
Here's an article written about him on Clanram favourite ProFootballFocus:
Secret Superstar: Alex Carrington
Peter Damilatis | May 16, 2013
This time last year, newcomers Mario Williams and Mark Anderson made the Buffalo Bills one of the winners of the offseason. They were supposed to lift Upstate New York football out of its 12-year slumber, one sack at a time. Yet, as is often the case in the NFL, the shiny new toys of the spring lose their luster come the fall. Williams’ play fell short of his pay, and Anderson had the worst PFF grade of any 4-3 defensive end when his season ended in October. However, we shouldn’t let their disappointing performances condemn Buffalo’s entire front four.
While the Bills’ new free agents flopped, they overshadowed a very good season by Buffalo’s defensive tackles. That unit recorded the fifth-most defensive stops of any DT group in the league, and the second-most quarterback pressures. Much of the credit goes to Kyle Williams, recently named one of our Top 25 players of 2012, and Marcell Dareus. But just as productive off the bench was the Bills’ Secret Superstar, Alex Carrington. A small-school standout who seemed out of place in Buffalo’s shifting defensive line, this third-year pro found a home in 2012 and has emerged as one of the league’s most promising young pass-rushing DTs.
Sun Belt Superstar
A player at Arkansas State needs big production and big talent to be noticed by the NFL, and Carrington had both. As a 4-3 DE in college, his 10.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss in 2008 earned him the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year award. He followed that up with a solid senior season, where his nine sacks tied for the conference lead. A strong showing at the Senior Bowl ensured that he would be a target for teams in the early rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft.
At 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, Carrington brought a powerful bullrush and held up well in run defense at the point of attack. However, scouts didn’t see the burst off the snap that they’d like for an edge rusher. When the Bills drafted him in the third round, Carrington seemed to be the ideal two-gap, five-technique DE for their new 3-4 defense.
Lost In The Shuffle
Unfortunately for Carrington, the Bills’ move to a new defensive scheme was not a smooth one. During the next two seasons, Buffalo continually switched between 3-4 and 4-3 fronts in unsuccessful attempts to fix their porous run defense. In his first game as a rookie, Carrington played 19 of his 25 snaps as a 3-4 DE, but by the end of the season, he’d spent 51.9% of his total snaps on the outside as a 4-3 DE.
The Bills’ amorphous alignments continued into 2011, with disastrous results for their young lineman. Although Carrington excelled as an edge defender in college, he was overmatched at that position in the pros. Still playing significant snaps on the outside, the second-year lineman earned a -11.7 overall grade and finished with nine straight negatively-graded games. Mustering just seven QB pressures on the season, his 2.8 Pass Rushing Productivity was the worst mark of any 4-3 DE in the league with at least 150 passing snaps. However, it’s noteworthy that five of his pressures came when he was lined up against a guard or center. Perhaps the Bills coaching staff saw this as well, because they soon made a shift that would turn Carrington’s career around.
More Than A Megahand
Whether it was a byproduct of Williams and Anderson’s arrival or the coaches’ realization that his bull-rushing style was more suited for the interior, Carrington didn’t play a single snap as an edge defender in 2012. The third-year pro lined up exclusively as a 4-3 DT or 3-4 DE, and he quickly warmed up to his new role. In Week 2, Carrington beat Jon Asamoah, one of the league’s better right guards, for a sack and two QB hurries. In perhaps the most impressive play of his young career, with 7:03 left in the second quarter, he shoved Asamoah 5 yards into the backfield, threw him to the ground, and strip-sacked QB Matt Cassel.
Four weeks later versus the Arizona Cardinals, Carrington knocked QB Kevin Kolb out of the game late in the fourth quarter. In the final play of regulation, he blocked a 38-yard field goal to force overtime, which the Bills would go on to win. It was after that game that Stevie Johnson dubbed him, “Megahand.” Though not the most creative moniker (while we’re at it, why not “Blocktimus Prime?”), the nickname was certainly appropriate. Carrington blocked three more kicks in 2012 to set a franchise single-season record, and finished 2012 with the highest PFF grade by a special teamer.
Nevertheless, Carrington’s breakout season wasn’t confined to special teams. He earned a +8.7 overall grade on defense, with only three negatively-graded games. He averaged a pressure every 10 pass rushes, and his 7.8 PRP tied for the 10th-highest mark of any DT. Though he still graded negatively versus the run, he improved upon his 2011 performance and had some bright spots, like a defensive stop on 4th-and-1 in his final game of the season.
Uncertainty in 2013
Carrington’s breakout was one of the bright spots of the Bills’ 2012 season, but his role is again unclear in his upcoming contract year. Williams and Dareus are entrenched as starters, and newcomer Alan Branch will certainly demand significant snaps, particularly if he returns to the form that made him out sixth-best graded DT of 2011. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has promised to install a “hybrid” defense, which could be a good thing if it takes advantage of Carrington’s versatility as a 4-3 DT or 3-4 DE, or a bad thing if again pushes him to the outside. Here’s hoping that the Bills place personnel before scheme, and set their Secret Superstar up for success in 2013.
This is a very good signing. He is young and versatile and could be an eventual successor to Kendall Langford. Mike Waufle is a great DL Coach who should be able to coach him up. Not that it means much but I do recall hoping we'd draft him as a mid round sleeper who could emerge into a solid DE. This was the year before we drafted Quinn, if I recall. Back then Devaney was always looking for "diamonds in the rough". I guess we can scratch Aaron Donald off our draft lists.
Interesting signing. Any info on the terms of the deal?
Alex Carrington, St. Louis Rams agree to deal
By Marc Sessler
Around the League Writer
Published: March 25, 2014 at 04:45 p.m.
Updated: March 25, 2014 at 04:57 p.m.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Every major player from the Rams' organization is tucked away here at the NFL Annual Meeting, but that didn't stop St. Louis from making a move Tuesday.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that free-agent defensive lineman Alex Carrington has agreed to a deal with the organization, according to a person informed of the process.
The former Buffalo Bills defender is a scheme-versatile fit who drew attention from the Browns, Raiders and Steelers on the open market. Cleveland's Mike Pettine said this morning the Browns were still very interested.
Carrington started just three games last season before landing on injured reserve in September with a torn left quadriceps tendon. When healthy, he's an intriguing situational defender who can line up all over the formation and generate pressure inside.
When we talked with Les Snead on Tuesday, the Rams general manager expressed great optimism about his young defense. It starts up front with a productive gang of linemen led by Robert Quinn, Chris Long and Michael Brockers. With Carrington along for the ride, St. Louis looms as a massive headache for opposing passers in 2014.
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Alex Carrington - DL - Rams
Rams agreed to terms with DL Alex Carrington, formerly of the Bills.
A versatile lineman, Carrington was limited to three games and 171 snaps by a torn quad last season. He'll provide an interior presence in St. Louis, creating pressure between ends Robert Quinn and Chris Long. Three months shy of his 27th birthday, Carrington fortifies an interior line that was not a strength for the Rams in 2013.
Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Rams add solid DT depth in Carrington
March, 25, 2014
The St. Louis Rams finally dipped their toes into the free-agent waters Tuesday afternoon, coming to terms on a one-year deal with Buffalo defensive lineman Alex Carrington.
Unlike the recent additions of cornerback Greg Reid and linebacker Etienne Sabino, Carrington is the first player the Rams have added in free agency who has played in the NFL for a different organization. He's also a sound, logical pickup for a team that has clearly coveted more depth on the interior of the defensive line.
The Rams showed early interest in Carrington, Henry Melton and Antonio Smith, even going so far as hosting the latter two on visits. When Melton chose Dallas and Smith opted for Oakland, the Rams concentrated their search for help behind starters Michael Brockers and Kendall Langford on Carrington.
Based on all that movement, the Rams clearly viewed additional help on the interior rotation as one of free agency's main priorities. And rightfully so. Backup defensive tackles Jermelle Cudjo and Matt Conrath didn't provide much help behind the starters in 2013. Cudjo had a strong enough 2012 to earn a contract extension last offseason but followed with 11 tackles and not much else in his 209 snaps in 13 games in 2013. Conrath got opportunities to contribute last year as well, playing eight games and 129 snaps with seven tackles and a sack.
Defensive ends William Hayes and Eugene Sims were actually better options behind the starters when they moved inside but that left Robert Quinn and Chris Long taking on larger than expected workloads every week. Adding another piece to the middle should allow more breathers for Long and Quinn.
In Carrington, the Rams are getting just the type of versatile piece that defensive line coach Mike Waufle likes to groom. At 6-foot-5, 301 pounds, Carrington has lined up all over the line in his four years in Buffalo, though playing end in a 3-4 alignment has been his most consistent spot. That spot is common in terms of translation to defensive tackle in a 4-3 front and, in fact, is the same move Langford made with the Rams after coming over from Miami.
Originally a third-round draft pick out of Arkansas State, Carrington played 44 games in four seasons with the Bills. He posted 52 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble in that time.
The Rams have been patient in free agency and are the last team to sign an outside free agent. And while this one may not make much of a splash on the surface, it looks the part of another under-the-radar defensive line move the Rams have made under coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead (the Hayes signing). Hayes was a fifth-round pick without much on his résumé when he departed Tennessee and has blossomed under the guidance of the well-respected Waufle.
Carrington actually has even less tangible production than Hayes did when he came to St. Louis but it wouldn't be much of a surprise if Waufle and a talented and competitive defensive line group has a similar effect on Carrington.
I was hoping the Rams where going to get Bookend DT as they have at DE. But I think the Rams plan to have a core of "fresh" bodies to rotate in and out. Still if this guy is a solid 300pounder, I wonder if the Rams are also looking at a situational 3/4 formation and perhaps this could work with Carrington NT. It just a weird thought.
However, if its intended that Carrington is meant to make the team, certainly Fisher and Williams have something up their sleeve. It could be as basic as they needed another solid body with Brockers--or perhaps something more is in the offering. That's always been Fisher's calling card, something out of the ordinary. Most teams don't run many gimmicks, but when they do it seems to motivate the team especially when it succeeds.
Its a Long way till the start of the season...every year its like an extend Christmas with the presents under the tree--would love to know what is in those boxes and its a painfully long time to wait to find out
There are some nice highlights on his nfldotcom page. From that small sample, he seems like he disrupts/influences more than his stats would indicate.
Shame that Cudjo never developed beyond flashes of brute strength but this guy has to be at least better than Conrath.
I'm definitely loving the pickup as our 3rd DT. I could easily see him and Hayes in 3rd and long situations as being the guys inside, blowing past the interior guys who have to block them one on one while the scheme has to concentrate on Long and Quinn. He definitely could end up as a starter as well, who knows.