Shooting the Bull: A look ahead to Week 1
Jared Crick will make his first career start on Monday night against the Chargers.
The second-year defensive end will fill in for Antonio Smith, who is suspended because of an on-field incident during the preseason.
“It means a lot just for the coaches to have confidence in me to go out there in a starting role," Crick said. "It’s a big responsibility and I’ve got to go out and do a job.”
Crick played in 15 games last year as a part of the defensive line rotation but this will be his first start. The team chose to start him over fellow defensive end Tim Jamison, who will get in off the bench.
Crick has been solid against the run and this offseason spent a lot of time studying great pass rushers in an attempt to improve that part of his game.
His first career start will come on a nationally televised game in a Monday Night Football nightcap in San Diego.
"It’ll be an experience," Crick said. "I’m excited for it. Like I said before, it’s a big responsibility. I’ve got to go out there and do a job and help my team get a win.”
Smith is in the final year of his contract and might not return for another season. This season opener could end up being a tryout for Crick to prove he can be the guy opposite J.J. Watt if Smith is gone.
“Yeah, I want to go out there and prove myself," he said. "Everybody in this league does. I’ve just got to go out there and play my style of football. Hopefully, good things will happen and we’ll go from there.”