Bobby Carpenter (American football)
Carpenter in 2011, while with the Lions.
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|Date of birth:||August 1, 1983|
|Place of birth:||Lancaster, Ohio|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school:||Lancaster (OH)|
|NFL draft:||2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|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.
Carpenter attended Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Ohio. In addition to being a football standout, he was also a member of the swim team. During his senior year, he was selected as All-Ohio first team (football), and also went to the District Finals in swimming.
In 50 games at The Ohio State University, 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, he 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.
|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 |
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. His best game with the Cowboys came in a 2006 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, where he started at outside linebacker and recorded five tackles and three deflected passes.
In 2009, after playing mostly on special teams he took over the team's nickel linebacker role. Over his four-year stint with the Cowboys he failed to establish a starting role, registering 96 tackles and 29 special teams tackles. In the fourth episode of the 2008 Hard Knocks series, Carpenter was continuously beaten in a pads and shorts practice by right tackle Marc Colombo. During that practice Colombo referred to him as "Barbie Carpenter", while also making fun of his shoulder length blonde hair.
St. Louis Rams
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, because of a mistake on his special teams blocking assignment against the Green Bay Packers, that came on the heels of two previous blocking assignment errors against the New England Patriots.
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.
New England Patriots
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. He was released after playing in four games on October 30, mostly on special teams and registering two special teams tackles.
|Year||Team||GP||COMB||TOTAL||AST||SACK||FF||FR||FR YDS||INT||IR YDS||AVG IR||LNG||TD||PD|
- 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
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.
- "Bobby Carpenter". CBSSports.com. 2006-04-29. Retrieved 2010-09-01.
- "40-yard times". 2006-04-29. Retrieved 2010-09-01.
- "News - Around the NFL - NFL.com". NFL.com. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
- "Miami Dolphins release Bobby Carpenter after special teams gaffe". tribunedigital-sunsentinel. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
- Detroit Lions' signings of Bobby Carpenter, Cody Wallace have a twist MLive.com October 21, 2010
- Wywrot, Chrissie. "Lions beat Cowboys 34-30 in come-from-behind fashion". Detroit Lions Official Website. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
- "Source: Bobby Carpenter set to return to Patriots". Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
- "Bobby Carpenter Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 30 January 2015.