Bradley disappointing, Carter getting a shot

LB Stewart Bradley's contributions have been disappointing after signing a hefty offseason contract and rookie David Carter is getting a chance due to injuries.

UNDER THE RADAR: Inside linebacker Stewart Bradley's contribution this season has been disappointing considering he signed a five-year, $30 million free agent deal before the season. Bradley hasn't been able to beat out Paris Lenon and has contributed mostly on special teams and in sub packages. However, it appears he's grasping the system and could make an impact in the final month. Lenon is dealing with a nagging groin injury, and Bradley is starting to play more. He was slow to transition from a 4-3 scheme to a 3-4, and coaches didn't think he was ready to handle the nuances of the defense, which included making the calls. Bradley appears to be over the toughest part of the transition, and he said recently that he's feeling more comfortable. That should start to show up on the field.

LINEUP WATCH: Nose tackle Dan Williams is out for the season with a broken arm, leaving rookie David Carter and veteran Nick Easton to share the position. Williams was a disappointment this season because he showed up out of shape, but he was starting to play better, so he will be missed. He's stronger at the point of attack than Carter, who is built more like a defensive end. Carter, however, does a nice job using quickness and technique. Eason probably won't play the nose much, and he'll also be a backup end.


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