The Cardinals know who to call when a starting defensive lineman goes down.
Within the last five weeks, he’s established himself as a viable replacement at all three positions on the defensive line. Against Atlanta and St. Louis, Carter started in place of
“At first, I was like, ‘Man, it’s so different playing end from nose,’” Carter said. “And now it’s all the same. Same mindset of get off the ball, hand speed. It’s easy from there.”
Eight of Carter’s 13 tackles have come in games he’s started, including a career-high five at Seattle.
Cardinals’ coaches started moving him around the line after they noticed he was faster than the average nose tackle. And despite a reluctance to embrace his versatility, Carter has realized “the more you can do” – a mantra oft repeated around NFL locker rooms – are words to live by.
“It makes me a more valuable player being able to play nose, left end and right end because some people can’t play left end and some people can’t play right end,” Carter said. “I can play both and I can play nose.”
WALKER SEES OPPORTUNITY
The fourth-year linebacker played a season-high 51 snaps Sunday after
“He’s doing a good job in the scheme what we’re asking of him,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “He’s been a very good blessing to be able to fill in at outside linebacker when we’ve had some issues there with injuries, so kudos to Reggie.”
Walker had three tackles and two quarterback hurries Sunday against the Lions but he’s not reading much into his increased playing time.
“I always thought the expectations they had of me have always been pretty high,” Walker said. “It feels about the same.”
LINDLEY NOT FEELING PRESSURE FROM HOYER
Carrying three quarterbacks is common for teams around the NFL. Hoyer was inactive Sunday against the Lions. While the calls for Hoyer to play would have been much louder this week had the Cardinals lost, Lindley doesn’t feel threatened by the addition of another signal caller.
“It’s on me to go out there and perform,” Lindley said. “I’m not going to perform any better if they bring in more quarterbacks. You have to go out there and play your game and let the chips fall where they will.”
CARDS TRIO MISSES PRACTICE
Linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring) and RT Jonathan Scott (hamstring) did not practice for the Chicago Bears. WR Earl Bennett (concussion), CB Tim Jennings (shoulder) and DT Henry Melton (chest) were limited.