Inside The Bills

Why Carrington could have big year

Posted by Chris Brown on June 5, 2013 – 10:41 am

The stat crunchers and analytic experts at Pro Football Focus have been running a series called Secret Superstars, in which they pick a player for each NFL club with an under the radar player that emerged in 2012 and could be even better in 2013. For the Bills that player was Alex Carrington.

According to PFF, Carrington averaged a pressure every 10 pass rushes last season, and his 7.8 Pass Rush Productivity figure tied for the 10th-highest mark of any DT. He also blocked four field goals last season to set a franchise mark and finished 2012 with the highest PFF grade by a special teamer.

PFF’s Peter Damilatis, who appeared on the John Murphy Show last night, explained that Carrington appears to be best suited for an interior defensive line role as opposed to playing on the edge based on his productivity in 2012.

“This past season they moved him to more of a 3-4 defensive end role and when they went to four man fronts they had him in the defensive tackle role and he flourished inside,” said Peter Damilatis. “His pass rush productivity jumped up to the 10th best among defensive tackles in the entire league last year.”

Carrington has lined up almost exclusively inside in Buffalo’s new defensive scheme.

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