San Francisco 49ers DE Tank Carradine has seen his playing time bounce around like a penny stock in a violate market. A player who I believe to be the team’s best pass-rusher from the defensive-end position, it remains to be seen why Carradine is being seldom used.
In the game against the Atlanta Falcons, Carradine played just as many snaps as I did, zero. Not a single snap and I beg the question, why? I wrote an article earlier in the year that Carradine may be released or traded and while he wasn’t — the fact that he’s not being used should raise some serious eyebrows. However, 49ers’ head coach Jim Tomsula vows that Carradine will now be used in a different role than they envisioned earlier in the year, as he’s playing at a lighter weight.
Anchored on my left was Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee and he asked Tomsula if Carradine would be playing at a lighter weight than his normal 295 playing weight. “He’s around the 280’s now,” Tomsula said. “We’re going to use him more on the edges and inside as a three-technique so he can do some work inside there.”
How much playing time Carradine receives remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure Carradine needs the snaps on sub-packages as he has a knack for getting to the quarterback.
In 17 regular-season games, Carradine has recorded 17 tackles and 4.0 sacks.