Sep 29, 2012; Jonesboro, AR, USA; Arkansas State Red Wolves defensive lineman Ryan Carrethers (98) defends a pass by Western Kentucky Hilltoppers quarterback Kawaun Jakes (6) at ASU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Carrethers looking to take the starting nose job


A lot of people believed that the San Diego Chargers needed to pick up a nose tackle in the draft in order to help the team’s defense out. With the 3-4 defense, the nose tackle position is one of the most important pieces to the puzzle. Cam Thomas was not able to lock down the position last season and Sean Lissemore finished the season as the team’s starter at the position.

During the draft, the team made sure to add more depth at the position with the addition of Ryan Carrethers. Carrethers is one big man who can clog up the middle and will find his way around the football. In college, he played the nose position. There were a lot of options in the draft, but they were not primary nose tackles during their college career. Carrethers has the experience at the position to back himself up.

In his final season with Arkansas State, he finished the season with 93 tackles! That is an insane amount of tackles for a nose tackle. To add to that insane number, he had 4 sacks and 2 blocked kicks. The man knows how to find the football.

If Carrethers can adapt to the NFL quickly, he will give the team a nice big man to place in the middle while the youngsters on the edge and in the middle can find the football and make plays.

The defense has a lot of young playmakers. Some of those young cats have to step up during the year so that the team can have success this season.

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  • tonyloc1970 .

    I guess Lissemore will have other ideas about who starts, but make no mistake about it. Those two are going to make one hell of a tag team.

  • arnie

    He’s has a lot of upside, on paper, but he’s still going to be the low man on the totem poll. While we know about Lissemore, Geathers is still on the roster and I’m sure we will see more of him as well. In addition I don’t know what role Damik Scaffe, newcomers Tenny Palepoi an Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe will have. As camp draws closer well see how the defensive line rolls out.

  • gpack17

    solid post. I can see lissemore playing more end this year with guy and rotation more with luiget and reyes since the chargers have carrethers and geathers playing in the center.

    • Bolty

      I’ve said the exact same thing. I’d like to see Reyes and Luiget challenged and rotated in with Lissemore and Guy more than less. And Geathers shouldn’t be forgotten, rotating in with Carrethers to keep each other fresh as they both have a college reputation of tiring out at the end of games.

  • Aaron Johnson

    Thats actually the camp battle I want to watch most. The NT we have are all pretty solid from a size perspective and all NFL caliber players. Hopefully between Carrethers, Lissemore and Geathers we have enough talent for a solid, and productive, rotation.

  • tubbs45

    If past actions ring true again this year, McCoy is going to make the new guys sweat it out in the beginning of the season by watching. and until the vet screws up or gets hurt they will have to wait for their minutes… not saying I agree, just saying thats seems to be the M.O. for the team. Just hope they are licking their chops to get in there and bust out when they are given the chance.

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  • Julien Bélair

    day1 starter to me

  • Michael Norton

    The thing I like a bout Carrethers is that he is a weight room beast. Normally, I don’t put a lot of stock in that sort of thing, but the dude can leg press 700 lbs! That is going to make it tough for opponents to move him. Frankly, I think tackles and sacks are a bonus if he can just clog the middle and not let opponents get a big push down field. I like Lissemore, but Carrethers’ upside should have him starting before long. Either way, they’re both going to get plenty of PT. tonyloc1970 said it best: tag team.

  • Redd_Melendez

    Lissemore is too light and won’t demand consistent 2 gap attention.

    Carreathers is the prototype 34 2 gap NT that makes the defense work by changing the numbers at the LOS.

    He has to pan out or this position is a problem IMO.

    I am shocked they didn’t grab Nix at #25