Rob Carpenter (wide receiver)
|Date of birth:||August 1, 1968|
|Place of birth:||Amityville, New York|
|NFL Draft:||1991 / Round: 4 / Pick: 109|
|Career NFL statistics|
Rob Carpenter (born August 1, 1968 in Amityville, New York) is a retired American football wide receiver who played for the New England Patriots, New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. In college, he played for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Syracuse University Orangemen and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 1991 NFL Draft. He was one of a relatively small class of underclassmen, headlined by Ragib "Rocket" Ismail, to be approved in the NFL's second class of players allowed to declare themselves eligible for the draft despite remaining amateur eligibility. In addition to Carpenter, other headliners among the underclassmen were Herman Moore, Todd Marinovich and Jon Vaughn (who also played for the 1991 Patriots).
The 1995 Eagles, coached by Ray Rhodes, were the only playoff team that he played for. They compiled a 10-6 record and won their 1995 Wild Card Game against the Detroit Lions before losing to the eventual Super Bowl XXX champion Dallas Cowboys. Carpenter was third (Fred Barnett & Calvin Williams) in receptions and yardage among wide receivers for the Eagles. He and Williams were the only receivers to play all 16 regular season games for the Eagles that year. He and Kelvin Martin shared the punt return duties for the 1995 Eagles. He had two receptions in each playoff game (including a touchdown in the first).
He ranks among the all-time leaders in Syracuse University receptions in most statistics despite only playing for them for two seasons. He ranks fifth in career yards (1656), ninth in touchdowns (10), ninth in receptions (93), seventh in yards/catch (17.8) and second in yards/game (72.0). The only others in the top 10 on all five of these lists are Marvin Harrison, Rob Moore and Mike Siano.
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