by Marty Caswell
Ryan Carrethers might be the perfect embodiment of the slogan that several Chargers players wear across their shirts.
Less talk, more action.
The quiet, second year defensive tackle out of Arkansas State impressed in spot opportunity last year for the Chargers, including his first and only start of the season against the Oakland Raiders in week 11, but his season ended prematurely after he dislocated his elbow during that same game.
But a lighter, more fit Carrethers has worked recently with the first team as Sean Lissemore continues to rehab on a side field and he’s expected to start in their first pre-season game versus the Dallas Cowboys. It’s an opportunity that brings a wide smile to his face when he’s asked about his confidence level in year two.
“It’s definitely night and day. I’m really confident in my technique and my pad leverage, it’s all coming into fruition.”
“I think I made a lot of improvement in my game, I think I’m comfortable with the ones and we’ll see tomorrow. It’s definitely a giant opportunity and I’m definitely going to make the most of it. I definitely can be the guy.”
Defensive end Corey Liuget spoke of Carrethers’ growth.
“I can say more than anything he’s a little bit more consistent. And that’s the main thing about being a pro. You have to be consistent week in and week out and day in and day out.”
Chargers head coach Mike McCoy offered up this praise of Carrether’s work ethic and his familiarity with the defense and play-calling.
“As you spend more time in the system, you play with your teammates more, you become more familiar with how John Pagano is going to run things and how Don (Johnson) wants to coach him in techniques.”
“He’s spent a lot of extra hours, he’s one of those guys during the off-season and during summer, you’d come in the weight room and he was always in there doing things. He came into camp in great shape so now it’s time to turn it up a notch in the games.”
He’ll get his chance on Thursday night.
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