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Bobby Carpenter lands with the Lions

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Detroit quickly found a replacement at linebacker for Zack Follett.

The team agreed to terms Wednesday with Bobby Carpenter, according to the Detroit Free Press.  Carpenter spent time with St. Louis, Miami, and Detroit last year.

The well traveled former Dallas Cowboy first-round pick provides depth for Detroit at linebacker, where they also added Stephen Tulloch and Justin Durant this offseason.

Everyone is picking the Lions as a sleeper, but they have two huge questions.  Matthew Stafford has to prove he can stay healthy, and the back seven on defense has to prove they can at least be competent.

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  1. mmmpieyummy says: Aug 3, 2011 11:34 AM

    Bobby Carpenter is still in the NFL?

  2. 303bengalguy says: Aug 3, 2011 11:38 AM

    As a Buckeye fan it pains me to do this but……. BARBIE!!!

  3. melonvoxveritas says: Aug 3, 2011 11:40 AM

    Good to see an undrafted journeyman fight for a roster spot on a young up-and-coming team.

  4. dexmorgan32 says: Aug 3, 2011 11:40 AM

    Carpenter and Ashlee Palmer played very well for the Lions the last half of the season last year. He was very good on special teams and as a starting linebacker, especially in pass coverage. The Lions linebackers are no longer a weakness. Great re-signing for depth and rotational play. (Unrelated: Corey Williams and Sammie Hill are very underrated DTs)

  5. maddog111 says: Aug 3, 2011 11:42 AM

    Bobby Carpenter is a substitute radio host for a sports talk radio station here in Columbus. They’ve been saying for months that he was already a member of the Lions. Did he really just agree to terms with them today?

  6. jaggedmark says: Aug 3, 2011 11:44 AM

    Everyone is picking the Lions as a sleeper, but they have two huge questions. Matthew Stafford has to prove he can stay healthy, and the back seven on defense has to prove they can at least be competent.
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    If it wasn’t for the Stafford factor, and back 7 factor, they wouldn’t be a sleeper.

  7. AlanSaysYo says: Aug 3, 2011 11:45 AM

    Do teams not watch tape on this guy? How does he keep finding a job?

  8. ezdoesit209 says: Aug 3, 2011 11:49 AM

    Barbie Carpenter as his teammates called him in Dallas… lol

  9. suhnami says: Aug 3, 2011 11:50 AM

    I also hate this “back seven on defense has to prove they can at least be competent” argument that keeps being thrown around by people who obviously don’t follow the lions very closely.

    This argument is derived SOLELY from Tom Brady making Alphonso Smith (who had 5 int’s by the way) look like a high school-er on Thanksgiving Day in front of a national audience. Anyone who has watched any of the other 15 Lions games from 2010 knows the secondary was NOT THAT BAD. The LB corp is what hurt the pass defense the most. Delmas, Houston, Vasher, played very well, and even guys like Spievey and Smith showed some flashes.

    For those that don’t know, Schwartz scheme relies heavily on pass rush from the front 4 and being able to drop the LB’s back in coverage. The LB corp was terrible very thin and struggled all year and really hurt the pass defense. Tulloch and Durant are going to go a long ways to clean up the pass defense in 2011

  10. cornernum23 says: Aug 3, 2011 11:56 AM

    As much as it hurts to hear, that’s real talk. The Leos got a lot to prove.

  11. thatdamnsasquatch says: Aug 3, 2011 11:57 AM

    When Matt Madden finds out that Bobby Capenter was a free agent and the Bears didn’t sign him, Jerry Angelo will get an proper earful!

  12. bigd4defense says: Aug 3, 2011 12:03 PM

    Among the Cowboys could have had instead of this dude in 06:

    A. Cromartie, J. Joseph, S. Holmes, D. Manning, G. Jennings

    Good call, Tuna.

  13. asublimeday says: Aug 3, 2011 12:05 PM

    Darn, the bears aren’t the only team signing washed up former first rounders.

  14. simplesimon1 says: Aug 3, 2011 12:12 PM

    Some players take longer to come into their own. Especially when to start their careers they go to a place that plays a 3-4, and they are only suited to a 4-3. Because of trying to play a role he wasn’t suited for he wasted a lot of talent early and his confidence became shattered.

    Now, a few years later he can be a capable backup. He played great for the Lions filling in for injured players last year. Glad he’s back.

    P.S.
    Enough with the “back seven” line already. The Lions have addressed every issue with LB’s, they have 2 very strong, good safeties and Wright, Houston, Smith, Berry and Vasher are more than capable of playing the zone coverage needed in the system employed.

    Also, even if Fairley is hurt for a while it makes no real difference. He was going to be rotated in with Corey Williams anyways. The 4th best DT on the Lions would start on many teams in the NFL. They’ll be just fine. At least, if nothing else, they’re an up and coming team and headed in the right direction after a decade of garbage decisions by Matt Millen. Hate if you all want but this team is going to be good this year. Go Lions!!!

  15. woodyg says: Aug 3, 2011 12:22 PM

    ” The Lions linebackers are no longer a weakness. ” ……

    Gotta love how Lion Fans continue to declare ‘success’ when the 1st preseason game hasn’t even been played yet …… The truth is the Lions have put together a hodge-podge of LBs …… None are great playmakers & one could say all are basically back-ups if they were on an elite ‘winning’ team …….

    I’m starting to feel sorry for the Lions & their delusional fans …… All the media hype surrounding the Lions is just a prelude to another double-digit loss season ……

  16. 303bengalguy says: Aug 3, 2011 12:22 PM

    If it wasn’t for the Stafford factor, and back 7 factor, they wouldn’t be a sleeper.
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    Um, that and the fact they’re the Lions… just like my Bengals, eternally terrible and everyone operates under the premise of “I’ll believe it when I see it” with regard to both clubs. And even when they see it for a season, people continue to be skeptical that the team can sustain it because of the organizational structure (again, regarding both teams). This was evident in 2005 and 2009 in Cincy and it turns out the skepticism is warranted.

  17. m2karateman says: Aug 3, 2011 12:23 PM

    Bobby Carpenter was a solid player last year for the Lions as a replacement for Julian Peterson, after he started mailing it in. I understand he didn’t work out for Dallas, St. Louis or Miami, but he looked good in the Detroit defense last season.

    The Lions have strengthened their roster the last three years by making good draft picks, solid free agents signings, and committing highway robbery in the way of trades. For those of you who want to continue to bash the Lions as a sorry franchise….your wake up call is coming this season.

  18. severs28 says: Aug 3, 2011 12:31 PM

    I know Cowboy fans are probably pretty down on him, but he played very well the last 4 weeks of the season once he moved into a starting role because of injuries. He was all over the field in the Miami and Tampa games. I think finally moving to a 4-3 really helped him.

  19. sprest83 says: Aug 3, 2011 12:47 PM

    Barbie!

  20. 1bigtex says: Aug 3, 2011 12:53 PM

    I wasn’t aware that Detroit had an opening for a Third Down Seagull.

  21. cmutimmah says: Aug 3, 2011 1:24 PM

    This guy was resigned to be a backup and the venom of people is just out of hand…

    Considering how bad the Lions LBs were last year, this is merely a depth move where if there is an injury they are as bad as they were last year (not worse off). That bad LB core was servicable in winning 4 straight against decent competition.

    I think Tulloch being signed is the BIGGEST signing of the offseason outside of Nnamdi in terms of how big of an upgrade they will provide at their position.

    And someone compared the Leos to the Bengals up above. There’s a big difference between those two franchises. The Lions are starting to see the progress of a rebuild, where the Bengals are just starting to rebuild. And aside from Tom Lewand’s DUI, the team is not an embarrassment like the Bengals have been over the last 3 years.

  22. 303bengalguy says: Aug 3, 2011 1:45 PM

    And someone compared the Leos to the Bengals up above. There’s a big difference between those two franchises. The Lions are starting to see the progress of a rebuild, where the Bengals are just starting to rebuild. And aside from Tom Lewand’s DUI, the team is not an embarrassment like the Bengals have been over the last 3 years.

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    You’re wrong dude… and if you want to make that comparison, the “big difference” is that the Bengals have actually won more games, felon’s on the squad or not. And I’ll bet there is a +/- of maybe 2 games in the teams win/loss records this year. They aren’t that far ahead of Cincy, and I’ve joined the skeptic bandwagon after many a year of unfounded hope for my Bengals. So… I’ll believe it when I see it. This wasn’t meant to bash the Lions (I actually lived in Detroit for a while and have a soft spot for them), I’m just pointing out why they were considered “sleeper status” – for eternally sucking – just like my Bengals. Don’t take that fact personally.

  23. darthhitman says: Aug 3, 2011 2:14 PM

    I am ALL for believing it when I see, especially being a Lions fan. At the same time however, for everyone talking about the Lions being miles out from respectable etc. I 100% DISagree. Do crap clubs win 4 in a row? YEAH, on the front end of the schedule…and they are exposed in the back end see Denver 2 years ago and the 07 Lions that started 6-2 only to finish 1-7 as a prelude to 0-16 if you doubt me on that. I have always said that with young teams one shouldn’t expect much in the beginning, but take a look at the last month to see how they’ve progressed and matured. We beat the eventual champs [Don't give me this 16 on IR BS and Rodgers being out BS, we had our 3rd string QB & 3rd string RB in that game not to mention a banged up and out manned secondary, same secondary ya'll like to call out all the time, against the top receiving core in the league], beat a 10 win Tampa team in their house when they were in playoff contention and finished with 4 straight to end it all. Doubt us ALL you want, but our D will be tight this year and bouncing between 2nd and 3rd string QBs we STILL had the 12th ranked passing offense in the league. Hate on that all ya want, but after the season when you’re wrong I expect you to open your mouths one more time…and see a crow crammed up in there

  24. staff2cj4td says: Aug 3, 2011 2:21 PM

    ” The Lions linebackers are no longer a weakness. ” ……

    Gotta love how Lion Fans continue to declare ‘success’ when the 1st preseason game hasn’t even been played yet …… The truth is the Lions have put together a hodge-podge of LBs …… None are great playmakers & one could say all are basically back-ups if they were on an elite ‘winning’ team …….

    I’m starting to feel sorry for the Lions & their delusional fans …… All the media hype surrounding the Lions is just a prelude to another double-digit loss season ……

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    what are you talking about?
    Levy is a beast and plays great!
    Tulloch has lead the league in tackles and hasn’t missed a game in 6 season!

    funny people talk all this crap about the Lions but never mention who their team is!!! cause we can pick apart your squad too!!

    For now on, when you have the balls to talk crap about someone else’s team, at the end of your post, start leaving “______ fan” so we can dissect your squad!! don’t be a coward!!

  25. Dr. Kronner says: Aug 3, 2011 2:37 PM

    Carpenter actually played really well the last month of the season last year and seems to fit better in the Lion’s system than he did in Dallas or St. Louis…

  26. hatesycophants says: Aug 3, 2011 2:38 PM

    Not to worry, Staff. Rosenthall doesn’t know his arse from a hole in the ground, not unlike many of the posters here. Why, some of these “fans” have been watching football since way back in the late ’90s.

    Also, I hate Ohio.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  27. tangysizzl says: Aug 3, 2011 3:48 PM

    Isn’t Carpenters nickname “The Tiptoe Burglar”

    Anyway, as Packer fan I will say theres no doubt the Lions have significantly improved their team. Not sure how that will work out record wise but they have a nasty front 4 with depth and that can make up for a lot of deficiancies in the back 7.

    They seem to have improved in that area as well so I do expect to see them win some games this year, just can’t say how many.

    May the Schwartz be with you Lions fans.

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