Carrington finds fit with Rams' D-line

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ST. LOUIS — Asked about the transition from Buffalo, where he spent his first four seasons, to his new locale here in the Midwest, new Rams defensive lineman Alex Carrington first uses the word “fun.”

It’s an apt term for the 27 year old from Mississippi, who played his college ball at Arkansas State before being selected in the third round of the 2010 draft by the Bills.

Carrington is looking to have some fun in St. Louis, specifically with a defensive line considered one of the best in the NFL and an attacking defensive scheme, authored by Gregg Williams, that the players love.

“They play relentless football and they play fast all the time,” Carrington said of the Rams’ defensive line. “Just an attack defense.”

That was something the 6-foot-5, 301-pounder said he was looking for when he became a free agent this offseason. He considered Oakland and Cleveland but ultimately found what he was looking for in St. Louis.

“An opportunity to get after it, really,” Carrington said. “I felt like it’s another prove-yourself year for me. I think this is the perfect defense for me.”

The big man formerly with the Bills was an underrated free agent signing this offseason, but has a chance to be a successful rotational player in the trenches as a guy who can play either tackle or end.

With recent injuries to Michael Brockers and Kendall Langford, Carrington and rookie first-round pick Aaron Donald are now working with the Rams’ first-team defense at the two defensive tackle spots.

Carrington cited the presence of the St. Louis defensive line as one of his factors for signing with the Rams this offseason.

“I know they have a special group and I think I’m a good fit to it,” he said.

The big fella will have a chance to prove it this preseason, starting with Friday’s opener against the New Orleans Saints at the Edward Jones Dome.

After having his 2013 campaign cut short after three games because of an injury, he should be more than ready to hit the field for another game. He’s ready to do whatever is asked of him whenever the Rams need him.

“Whenever my number’s called, man, I’m going to go out there and handle business,” Carrington said. “Definitely.”

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