Carradine gets taste of first NFL action

August, 8, 2014
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BALTIMORE -- Tank Carradine sat on a stool at his locker with his tongue wagging late Thursday night. His Friday off day plans: Find an ice tub and declare residency.

This is what happens to a player who plays nearly an entire game in his first one back after missing an entire season with a knee injury. Carradine figured he'd get 20 snaps against the Ravens. He played 60 snaps.

"I was shocked," said Carradine of playing so much in the San Francisco 49ers' 23-3 loss at the Baltimore Ravens.

The 49ers don't have many healthy bodies, so Carradine -- a second-round pick last year -- stayed on the field for much of the night. He played well, though. Carradine had eight tackles and a sack. He showed why so many NFL scouts thought he would have been a top-15 pick had not gotten hurt at Florida State in 2012.

While Carradine is pleased to finally get some NFL experience, he knows his work is just beginning.

"I need to get in a little better shape," Carradine said. "Now, I know the intensity I need to bring in my approach for the next one."

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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