Bobby Carpenter LB NE Jul 09 '12
The Boston Herald believes LB Bobby Carpenter will have to fight with Jeff Tarpinian and Tracy White for a roster spot.
Beat writer Jeff Howe admits it's "become clear" that Carpenter has a supporter in coach Bill Belichick, but believes at least one of Carpenter, Tarpinian and White won't make the 53-man roster. Carpenter was talked up as a potential starter in Detroit last season before ultimately playing just 261 snaps. He holds little value outside of coverage.
Bobby Carpenter LB NE Jul 01 '12
Bobby Carpenter is in the mix for the Patriots' starting strong-side linebacker job.
Carpenter has seen "a lot of playing time" during the offseason practices and is competing with Dont'a Hightower for a starting gig. With Rob Ninkovich also in the mix, the better bet is for Carpenter to work as a backup at both outside positions and do his damage in coverage in nickel formations.
Bobby Carpenter LB NE Apr 05 '12
Patriots signed LB Bobby Carpenter, formerly of the Lions.
The 2006 first-rounder was primarily a special teamer in Detroit, playing less than a quarter of the defensive snaps last season. The six-year veteran will add depth at linebacker for the Patriots. His father, Rob, played under Bill Belichick with the Giants in the 1980s.
Bobby Carpenter LB NE Aug 03 '11
Lions re-signed LB Bobby Carpenter.
The Lions really made a concerted effort to improve their linebacker corps this offseason. By signing Justin Durant and Stephen Tulloch in free agency while also retaining Carpenter, they are now deep at the position. Carpenter can back up both outside 'backer spots.
Bobby Carpenter LB NE Aug 01 '11
The Lions are "hopeful but not holding their breath" on re-signing LB Bobby Carpenter.
Beat writers talked up Carpenter and Ashlee Palmer as potential starters this offseason, but the Lions front office was aiming much higher with the Justin Durant and Stephen Tulloch signings. Carpenter isn't likely to find a starting opportunity elsewhere.
Bobby Carpenter LB NE Jul 09 '11
According to the Detroit News, the Lions expect free agent Bobby Carpenter to compete for a starting outside linebacker job in camp if he's re-signed.
The assumption is that Carpenter will indeed be back with the Lions, who signed him last October despite there being plenty of evidence to suggest he's simply never going to be an effective NFL player. If he somehow earns a starting job, he won't be a factor in IDP leagues.