We haven’t heard a lot recently from free agent defensive end Adam Carriker, who was cut by Washington in March after he missed 30 consecutive games over two seasons as a result of repeated problems stemming from a torn quadriceps tendon that required multiple surgeries. But Carriker wants to make sure the NFL doesn’t forget about him.
Carriker wrote a message on Instagram today saying he’s healthy and in good shape, and as evidence he posted a video showing himself deadlifting 505 pounds for two repetitions.
“Each week a fan will ask how my leg is doing and when I’ll be back on the football field,” Carriker wrote. “My answer has simply been that I’m focused and working hard. Yesterday, I did the hex bar dead lift for 2 reps at 505lbs. #LargestArmsOnTheDLine is not just strong…he is healthy.”
The 30-year-old Carriker looks like he’s in great shape on Instagram, but there’s a big difference between powerlifting in shorts and the kind of explosive movements that a player needs to make to be an NFL defensive end. Carriker deserves credit for the hard work he’s putting in, but he still faces an uphill battle to sign with a team and get back on the field.