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He did not play much at nose tackle last season, but David Carter played well when called upon. He played more in relief of Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell than he did Dan Williams.
His best game was Week 11 in Atlanta, when he started for Campbell at right end.
Carter was good in getting to Matt Ryan, and though he did not record a sack, he was credited with a QB hit and hurry (per PFF).
But the Cardinals may have found a replacement for him if he cannot find the field on a more regular basis.
Undrafted rookie Padric Scott comes in as an underdog trying to make an NFL roster.
He comes from a true 3-4 defense—a rarity in college—in which he manned the middle of the defensive line, oftentimes occupying multiple offensive linemen.
He is a well-spoken student of the game, and he knows his worth on the field as a 3-4 nose tackle. This is his take on nose tackle statistics, from an interview with Max Strauss of ProInterviews.com:
For a 3-4 nose tackle your worth isn’t measured by stats, but about the attention the offense pays you. If you are dominating and respected by the opponent, they will block you often with two players on pass and rush plays, sometimes even three, which makes it hard to be in on a tackle. However, that really never bothered me because I knew my teammates were left with one-on-ones as a result. Also, it made making plays that much sweeter when you beat a double and triple teams to get in on plays…
Scott has the knowledge, the humility and the skill to play nose tackle in the NFL. Add the depth at the other defensive line positions the Cardinals now have, and Carter may be left out before long.