Bobby Carpenter (American football)

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Bobby Carpenter
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Carpenter in 2011, while with the Lions.
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Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-08-01) August 1, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth: Lancaster, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Lancaster (OH)
College: Ohio State
NFL draft: 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 167
Sacks: 3.5
INTs: 1
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Robert Joseph Carpenter, III (born August 1, 1983) is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft after playing college football at Ohio State. Carpenter has also played for the St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots.

Early years[edit]

Carpenter attended Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Ohio. In addition to being a football standout, Carpenter was also a member of the swim team. During his senior year, Carpenter was selected as All-Ohio first team (football), and also went to the District Finals in swimming.

College career[edit]

In 50 games at Ohio State, Carpenter started 26 times. He registered 191 tackles (121 solos) with 14.5 sacks and 23.5 for losses. He forced two fumbles, deflected seven passes and had three interceptions.

In 2002, Carpenter played in every game as a true freshman,. The next year he started three contests at strong-side outside linebacker, totaling 37 tackles (24 solos) with 4.5 sacks, 6.5 stops for losses and a pair of forced fumbles.

Carpenter was a full-time starter in 2004, lining up at strong-side linebacker. He finished second on the team with 93 tackles (46 solos) and registered two sacks with 6.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Carpenter also deflected three passes and intercepted three others. As a senior in 2005, he started first eleven games of the 2005 season, finishing fifth on the squad with 49 tackles and second on the team with eight sacks and 10.5 stops for losses, earning second-team All-Big Ten Conference honors. In the final game he fractured his right fibula and was unable to play in the Fiesta Bowl.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2 in 249 lb 32 in 9 in 4.66 s 4.31 s 6.88 s 22½ in 10 ft 4 in 20 reps 25
All values from NFL Combine [1][2]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Carpenter was the Dallas Cowboys' first round selection (18th overall) in the 2006 NFL draft. It was later reported that head coach Bill Parcells influenced the organization into drafting him, based on his previous experience coaching Carpenter's father, Rob.

Over his four-year stint he failed to establish a starting role, racking up 96 tackles during his Cowboys career. During a 2008 episode of NFL's Hard Knocks, Carpenter was continuously beaten in a pads and shorts practice by right tackle Marc Colombo. During that episode Colombo referred to Carpenter as "Barbie Carpenter" also making fun of his shoulder length blonde hair. Carpenter in 2009 was the team's nickel linebacker.

His best game came in a 2006 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, where he started at outside linebacker and recorded five tackles and three deflected passes.

St. Louis Rams[edit]

Carpenter was traded from the Dallas Cowboys to the St. Louis Rams for offensive tackle Alex Barron on May 10, 2010. [3] He was cut on September 4, 2010.

Miami Dolphins[edit]

On September 6, 2010, the Miami Dolphins signed Bobby Carpenter as a free agent reuniting him with Bill Parcells who drafted him with the Dallas Cowboys. He was waived on October 18, 2010 because of a mistake on his special teams blocking assignments.[4]

Detroit Lions[edit]

Carpenter was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Lions on October 20, 2010.[5]

On October 2, 2011 he had six tackles, a pass deflected and made the play of the game, returning an interception for a touchdown, which sparked a second half come-from-behind victory against his former team, the Dallas Cowboys. The 24-point collapse was the largest blown lead in team history and eventually cost them a chance to qualify for the post-season.[6]

New England Patriots[edit]

On April 5, 2012, Carpenter was signed as a free agent by the New England Patriots. On October 2, the Patriots resigned Carpenter on account of the injury of Dont'a Hightower.[7] He was released after playing in four games on October 30, mostly on special teams and registering two special teams tackles.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2006 DAL 13 19 15 4 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2007 DAL 16 18 11 7 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 DAL 13 13 9 4 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 DAL 16 46 37 9 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2010 MIA 5 10 9 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 DET 10 30 21 9 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2011 DET 16 29 24 5 0.0 0 0 0 1 34 34 34 1 1
2012 NE 4 2 0 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 93 167 126 41 3.5 0 1 0 1 34 34 34 1 5

[8]

Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Personal life[edit]

Carpenter is the son of former Houston Oilers, New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams running back Rob Carpenter. Bobby and his father both played for Bill Parcells. Bobby has three younger brothers: Jonathan, Georgie & Nathan.

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