NFL Nation: Tank Carder

Injury report: Robertson misses practice

November, 20, 2013
Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Craig Robertson walked through the locker room with a brace on his right knee, but he did not practice Wednesday as the team prepared for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Robertson hurt his knee in the loss to Cincinnati. He tried to return, but couldn't.

He has started every game at inside linebacker. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton has said that Robertson's abilities in coverage and against the run allow the Browns to do different things.

Robertson ranks third on the Browns with 70 tackles. With him out, Tank Carder moves into the lineup alongside D'Qwell Jackson. Carder has one start in two seasons with the Browns.

Coach Rob Chudzinski said the defense will "generally" be able to do the same things with Carder.

The Browns also announced that Armanti Edwards was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury. Edwards had signed with the Browns on Oct. 29 and had shared time with Davone Bess returning punts.

Upon Further Review: Browns week 11

November, 18, 2013
A review of four hot issues from the Cleveland Browns' 41-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals:

Injury report: Inside linebacker Craig Robertson had an MRI on an injured knee today. Robertson hurt the knee in the first half, and though he tried to return he could not stay in the game. He has started aside D'Qwell Jackson all season. Tank Carder replaced Robertson against the Bengals.

Play count: It might mean nothing because the Browns fell behind in the second quarter and had to throw a lot (Jason Campbell threw 56 passes). But Chris Ogbonnaya was on the field for 46 plays and Willis McGahee was on the field for just 13. Ogonnaya also was the Browns' leading rusher in yards and attempts. The Browns won’t give up on McGahee, but they might be moving more toward Ogbonnaya.

Boggles the mind: In the second quarter the Bengals had the ball for 3:42. The Browns had it for 11:18. Cincinnati scored 31 points, the Browns 0. That's what happens when a punt is blocked, another tipped, and the offense commits two turnovers. Those four plays were the difference between a close game and a 21-point loss.

To the points: Every point scored in the game went to the North end zone, away from the Ohio River. Why that was the case remains a mystery. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski gestured palms up when asked, as if to say he didn’t know. The wind was from the South, Chudzinski said, but it wasn’t significant enough to affect the game to the point that all the scoring would have been in one direction. To Chudzinski it was just one of those quirks of the game.

Three things: Bills-Lions

August, 30, 2012
The Buffalo Bills travel to Detroit to play their preseason finale against the Lions Thursday night. It is Buffalo’s final chance to get a win in the preseason.

Here are three things to watch for in this game:

1. Tarvaris Jackson's Bills debut

Buffalo made headlines this week by cutting former first-round pick Vince Young and trading with the Seattle Seahawks for Jackson. Both quarterbacks have similar playing styles, but the Bills feel Jackson is an upgrade to backup starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. Jackson must be a quick learner in Buffalo’s offense. He will most likely run some basic plays tonight. But Jackson will need to have full command of the offense early in the regular season if Fitzpatrick gets injured.

2. No injuries

Last week’s preseason game was the "dress rehearsal," this week is all about survival. Buffalo, like many teams, just want to get out of this game healthy. The Bills have a huge season opener Sept. 9 against the division rival New York Jets. Buffalo will need all its weapons to win on the road. Bills coach Chan Gailey said his starters will be on the field for about 10 plays, just to get their feet wet. If no starters get injured Thursday night, that is more important than a victory.

3. Which rookies will step up?

Don’t expect to see much of first-round pick Stephon Gilmore and second-round pick Cordy Glenn. But beyond that, Buffalo’s rookie class should get a lot of opportunities against Detroit to show what they can do. Players like rookie wide receiver T.J. Graham and first-year linebacker Tank Carder should see playing time in this fourth preseason game.

AFC East fifth-round notes

April, 28, 2012
The fifth round of the NFL draft is in the books.

Here are some notes for the AFC East:
  • The Buffalo Bills had two picks again in this round and took former Florida State offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders and former TCU linebacker Tank Carder. Sanders is good insurance behind second-round pick Cordy Glenn. Carder is another linebacker who probably will have to work hard on special teams to make the 53-man roster this summer.
  • The Miami Dolphins traded down with the Tennessee Titans and picked up an extra seventh-round pick. The Dolphins selected former Oregon linebacker Josh Kaddu. He had 6.5 sacks for the Ducks last season and 10 for his career. I'm still surprised Miami has yet to draft a receiver.
  • The New England Patriots (surprise!) traded out of the fifth round to acquire more picks later in the draft. New England now has a sixth-rounder and two seventh-rounders from the Green Bay Packers.

Bucs looking at TCU LB Tank Carder

March, 12, 2012
There has been a lot of talk that the Buccaneers could look to overhaul their linebacker corps in free agency and the draft.

That makes sense because Geno Hayes is a free agent, Quincy Black didn’t have a great season in 2011 and the new coaching staff has implied Mason Foster may move to the outside after spending his rookie season in the middle.

We’ll find out soon enough if the Bucs are going to do anything at linebacker in free agency. But we already know one guy they’re looking at in the draft. That’s TCU’s Tank Carder.

According to a league source, Carder will have an official visit with the Bucs the first week of April. I always say not to read too much into which teams interview or visit with draft prospects and that remains true. Lots of teams do lots of interviews and visits with lots of prospects. But we know Carder is at least on the Bucs’ radar and he plays a position where the team could be making some moves.

Most scouts view Carder as an outside linebacker. He’s viewed as a mid- or late-round prospect. Carder was the Defensive Most Valuable Player in the 2011 Rose Bowl. He also comes from an interesting background. Carder was a BMX champion racer as a child and overcame a broken back suffered in a car accident after being told the only way he could play football would be as a kicker.




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