Carriker hoping for breakout year

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Heading into his third season, Adam Carriker believes he's finally ready to play like a first-round draft pick.

The St. Louis Rams' defensive tackle was the 13th overall pick in 2007 out of Nebraska. The rookie year was a learning experience, although he was the franchise's first rookie since Sean Gilbert in 1992 to start every game and contributed a blocked field goal and a tackle for safety.

Last year, he was hobbled by injuries to both shoulders and an ankle. He had no sacks, started only nine games, and made little impact.

The 6-6, 300-pound Carriker said at the team's final minicamp Thursday that he's been 100% for more than a month.

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