Former first-rounder Adam Carriker wants another shot in NFL

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Former No. 13 overall pick defensive lineman Adam Carriker hasn’t been on an NFL roster since he was released by the Redskins last March. He hasn’t played in a game since Week 2 of the 2012 season. But Carriker wants another shot.

After tearing his quad twice and requiring three separate surgeries, Carriker, the Rams’ first-round pick in 2007, still has a burning desire to play again now that he’s finally healthy after suffering multiple setbacks that included atrophy in his leg.

“When I go to bed at night, I think about a few things,” the 30-year-old told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “My family, the Lord, and I think about football. I wish I could turn this off — this thing right here.

Carriker was pointing at his heart. He was a participant in the Veteran Combine on Sunday in Arizona, along with fellow 2007 first-round picks defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson and quarterback Brady Quinn and dozens of others. Carriker has long been strong as an ox, and he put it on display by bench-pressing 225 pounds 40 times.

“I know I can still play,” Carriker continued. “I’d be surprised if nobody calls. But if nobody calls, like I said, I’ve got a family, I’ve got a degree, and I can move on. But that day’s just not here for me yet.”

The Veteran Combine provides an opportunity for aging players like Carriker to possibly get back into the league or fall out of it for good. Most will be part of the latter group.

32 responses to “Former first-rounder Adam Carriker wants another shot in NFL

  1. The Bears need to give him a look. He is the prototype 3-4 DE of which the Bears have exactly zero on their roster right now.

  2. When you see these former players trying to get their one last shot at the big time, it brings to mind something that former major-league pitcher Jim Bouton said as he tried to hang on in the big leagues:

    “You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.”

    I guess it works that way in football, too.

  3. I remember on the draft day he was touted as the safest pick and he was hardest worker among all the picks. We all know how it went.

  4. “I know I can still play,” Carriker continued. “I’d be surprised if nobody calls. But if nobody calls, like I said, I’ve got a family, I’ve got a degree, and I can move on. But that day’s just not here for me yet.”
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    The most important part of the quote is that he has his degree and can still have a outside of football. Take note, you college “stars”. Your career will likely be very short if you even make it to the NFL at all. Even if you do make it, if you can’t say no, then your money will soon be gone to crooked agents, posses, entourages, greedy family members, etc. No, your high school buddy is not the next rap star.

  5. When Carriker was healthy with the Redskins, he played well. He’s better suited to the 4-3, which is why he lost his roster spot with the Redskins switching to the 3-4 (which I still to this day don’t understand why the change was made).

  6. Panthers could use some DL help. His problem is staying healthy. I do wish him the best of luck though bc this years draft is deep with DL talent.

  7. I believe Carriker still has the make-up to play 5-technique in the 3-4.

    The Steelers need a quality 5-technique to line up opposite Tuitt, and based on his play at Nebraska, Carriker could be a good fit in the right situation if he’s finally physically right.

  8. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Mar 23, 2015 12:12 PM

    I believe Carriker still has the make-up to play 5-technique in the 3-4.

    The Steelers need a quality 5-technique to line up opposite Tuitt, and based on his play at Nebraska, Carriker could be a good fit in the right situation if he’s finally physically right.

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    Cam Heyward is arguably the best defender on the Steelers roster, with the possible exception of Timmons. They need depth, but they certainly don’t need a starter at the moment across from Tuitt.

  9. It’s not his strength …it’s his speed. He’s simply way too slow now. Sorry bud…the game takes strength and speed and you have 50% of it…which in school is still an F.

  10. Dont count on that “degree” to much, I know people who are waiting tables and starving for work right now.

  11. cherokee98 says:
    Mar 23, 2015 11:48 AM

    When Carriker was healthy with the Redskins, he played well. He’s better suited to the 4-3, which is why he lost his roster spot with the Redskins switching to the 3-4 (which I still to this day don’t understand why the change was made).

    he did not loose his roster spot because he could not play in the 3-4, he lost his spot because he could not stat healthy… He actually played very well.

  12. staffordsyear says: Mar 23, 2015 12:39 PM

    Dont count on that “degree” to much, I know people who are waiting tables and starving for work right now.

    ___________________

    Having a college degree is still a leg-up over not having one.

    Also, I find something funny about people criticizing college degrees in sentences with multiple grammatical/spelling errors. Lol.

  13. If you cant make it on the skins horrible team how do you expect to make it anywhere else…..Jags are better than this perennial last place finishing team year after year.

  14. Buffalo needs depth, this guy is a monster, and the Bills have some of the best defensive coaches in the game…as well as the best defensive line in football right now.

    If he can’t succeed there, he won’t succeed anywhere…I’d bring him in for a tryout.

    He’s cheap and provides d-line depth.

  15. boysroll says:Mar 23, 2015 1:10 PM

    If you cant make it on the skins horrible team how do you expect to make it anywhere else…..Jags are better than this perennial last place finishing team year after year.

    ……………………………………………………….

    You mean the same Jags that the skins rolled 41 to 10 last season right?

    HTTR

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