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Patriots sign Bobby Carpenter

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Bobby Carpenter is heading to New England.

Carpenter, a free agent linebacker who spent the 2011 season with the Lions, has signed with the Patriots.

In 2006, Cowboys coach Bill Parcells (who coached Bobby’s dad Rob Carpenter with the Giants) picked Carpenter in the first round of the NFL draft. But Carpenter never became a starter in Dallas and was traded to the Rams after four seasons.

Carpenter was released by the Rams at the end of training camp in 2010, then caught on briefly with the Dolphins, where Parcells was running the front office. After the Dolphins cut him the Lions picked him up. Last season he played in all 16 games in Detroit, starting three. He sparked the Lions’ comeback win over the Cowboys by intercepting his good friend Tony Romo and returning it 34 yards for a touchdown.

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40 Responses to “Patriots sign Bobby Carpenter”
  1. mikebe1 says: Apr 5, 2012 4:37 PM

    I hate the pats but this is a great pick up

  2. eaglesfan247 says: Apr 5, 2012 4:44 PM

    Solid pick up

  3. edgarh21 says: Apr 5, 2012 5:13 PM

    Patriots defense will be much improved

  4. xtb3 says: Apr 5, 2012 5:17 PM

    Still remember the playoff win over the Eagles with Bobby Carpentor setting a Giants record of 161 yards on the ground. As Scot Brunner beat Ron Jaworski.

  5. i, flounder says: Apr 5, 2012 5:21 PM

    that should help them not win since getting caught cheating.

  6. Soulman45 says: Apr 5, 2012 5:26 PM

    THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS why did they let him go he was the 4 or 5th LB and did a good job maybe money or to get younger.

  7. dynaco says: Apr 5, 2012 5:35 PM

    She’s a great singer, should help the team from day one.

  8. bostonhasrealhockey says: Apr 5, 2012 5:37 PM

    I remember him being in the pats eyes and alot of mock drafts saying he was going to new england

  9. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 5, 2012 5:38 PM

    Remember the heyday of the Pats’ dynasty- they had the likes of McGinest, Brushi, Vrabel, Seymour. Now they’re trying to piece together a defense comprised of castoffs and backups. Bill has lost his touch for sure. Lucky he still has Brady to make him look good.

  10. erod22 says: Apr 5, 2012 5:49 PM

    How does Barbie keep getting gigs?

  11. jtchernak says: Apr 5, 2012 5:59 PM

    Ya those castoffs and backups led the team to the super owl and kept the team in the game against the giants and ravens ya really lost his touch

  12. mempusa says: Apr 5, 2012 5:59 PM

    New England Patriots…still winning!

    GFY’s!

  13. redruckus81 says: Apr 5, 2012 6:06 PM

    As a Lions fan I will say its a good depth pickup for the Patriots. Carpenter still sucks against the run but he can cover and plays special teams

  14. thedoger says: Apr 5, 2012 6:13 PM

    Welcome to New England Bobby!

  15. triumphdog says: Apr 5, 2012 6:16 PM

    Coming from a Detroit Lions fan that has watched every snap of the last 10 years, it is VERY possible that Carpenter was the Detroit Lions best “coverage” linebacker last year. He was a pretty damn good 3rd down linebacker. Best of luck to him.

  16. AlanSaysYo says: Apr 5, 2012 6:17 PM

    Anyone saying “good pickup” has probably not seen this guy play. He’s terrible on defense and terrible on special teams. His Romo pick was a combination of familiarity with the opposing player and the blind squirrel finding a nut.

  17. rexismybff says: Apr 5, 2012 6:22 PM

    What a great signing – we know how great Belichick is in coaching up washed up has-been’s — I mean look at his success with Ochocinco and Haynesworth!!

    With Carpenter in the fold, the Pats are sure to all be dancing half naked with Gronk at one of their famous “Super Bowl loss” parties in the near future.

  18. Patskrieg dot com says: Apr 5, 2012 6:25 PM

    Don’t really get the optimism here. Bobby Carpenter has 1 play to show for 6 years in the NFL. If he’s such a great depth move why didn’t the Lions keep him? The guy sheds blocks like a house cat trapped under a blanket. It’s a very un-Patriot-like move and I don’t see him making it out of training camp.

  19. friendlylittletrees says: Apr 5, 2012 6:31 PM

    #MYGUY!!!!!!

    Good luck Bobby!

  20. mjkelly77 says: Apr 5, 2012 6:43 PM

    The Detroit Lions gave him a chance and obviously under Coach Schwartz he got help with his play. Good luck to him.

  21. dirtierwater says: Apr 5, 2012 6:51 PM

    In limited snaps for ’10 and ’11, Bobby graded out well in coverage. He’ll be replacing Guyton, whose departure mandates a state holiday.

    Can’t be worse, appears to be far better. Solid signing.

  22. j0esixpack says: Apr 5, 2012 7:25 PM

    Remember the heyday of the 2001 defense of recycled veteran role players who won the Super Bowl?

    It’s nice to see them getting back to their roots. Besides, last year alone there were 30 other teams with bigger defensive names who would have loved to play in the Super Bowl but didn’t play as well as the Patriots no-name defense down the stretch.

  23. vincentbojackson says: Apr 5, 2012 7:28 PM

    I thought the Bengals were the team trying to corner the market on signing over-hyped draft busts.

  24. detroitcityryda says: Apr 5, 2012 7:29 PM

    He’s nothing special, a 1st round bust , lions gave him a chance he did ok but not good enough for us to consider him as our starter in the future lions knew that , that’s why they made no effort to resign him this off season . Expect a outside lb to be drafted in 2nd or 3rd round this draft ,Durant and Levy are both free agents next year so it’s only right we start bringing in new blood .

  25. 6ball says: Apr 5, 2012 7:50 PM

    .

    @doublecheesesteak

    The Patriots had to replace their entire defense, minus Wilfork. You can’t go down to Target and pick up a Seymour, Bruschi, Vrabel and a Rodney. It’s a young defense, but a work in progress hindered by thin depth .

    .

  26. jimmylions says: Apr 5, 2012 8:10 PM

    By the end of the season, I felt like the Dallas game was a fluke.

    On his pic-6 INT return against Dallas, Bobby Carpenter was a man who refuse to be denied. That was one of the most fun moments of the season. He played that whole game with a chip on his shoulder – a man on a mission. It was really cool. I was excited he was a Lion.

    I was hoping he’d play every week like that guy who made a fool of the Cowboys, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. By the end of the year I remember feeling like he was missing a lot of plays I expected him to make.

    I hope things go well for him in New England. I’m glad the Pats fans are happy to welcome him to their team. Hopefully you play the Cowboys this year.

  27. jamezz23 says: Apr 5, 2012 9:33 PM

    Hey Bobby, Detroit fan here. Remember 4th and goal against niners? Keep them out of the end zone and you win to keep your undefeated record going and beating a quality team? Quick slant to the wr and our DB is dragging him to the ground all we needed was for you to stop his forward momentum, but you ran right past the wr not laying a finger on him and he falls into the end zone for a td…. That is why I’m smiling right now as you leave town…

  28. dryzzt23 says: Apr 5, 2012 9:37 PM

    Stop hatin’ on Bobby Carpenter

    He was a great LB at tOSU. He has never received coaching from a great DC in his NFL career. I am sure he will be another Mike Vrabel with the Pats.

    Carpenter has size, speed, and instincts, he has just not been taught technique thus far.

    If he were not “just another white LB” ya’ll would say he’s a solid vet pickup ala Andre Carter. But he’s white so ya’ll just disrepect him like crazy.

    I hope Bobby kicks ass this season and makes ya’ll look stupid.

  29. andymannfl says: Apr 5, 2012 9:55 PM

    If by ‘solid pick-up’ posters mean he’s not very good, then I’d agree. Starting 3 games for Detroit and getting cut by th Rams and Miami should tell you all you need to know about the impact he’ll make in NE. Depth pick-up, nothing more. Getting INTs of errant Romo passes doesn’t qualify for a lot of praise.

  30. andymannfl says: Apr 5, 2012 9:59 PM

    “Anyone saying “good pickup” has probably not seen this guy play. He’s terrible on defense and terrible on special teams. His Romo pick was a combination of familiarity with the opposing player and the blind squirrel finding a nut.”

    Posters shouldn’t be voting this comment from AlanSaysYo down. He is bang on correct. Cowboy bust, cut by Rams, Dolphins and now let walk by Detroit where he started a whopping 3 games…figure it out people, this isn’t Junior Seau going to NE.

  31. laxcoach37 says: Apr 5, 2012 10:16 PM

    Great pick-up? Yeah, about 3 years ago. He won’t even make the Active Roster. What a bunch of biased and uneducated Fans. He travels from one Team to another and never gets on the field since Dallas. Even there he was a dissappointment. Belechick gets my respect, but this is not his typical good value signing.

    Get over yourselves Pats fans, not everything you do is “great”. Heck, it is the very end of FA. No such thing as a good signing now because even if he came to work for free ( veteran league min.) he takes a place on the 53 man and even for Special Teams unless he is an “ace” serves no purpose and prevents a Draft guy or forces him to a Developmental Squad.

  32. wikidpissah says: Apr 5, 2012 10:37 PM

    rexismybff says: Apr 5, 2012 6:22 PM

    What a great signing – we know how great Belichick is in coaching up washed up has-been’s — I mean look at his success with Ochocinco and Haynesworth!!

    With Carpenter in the fold, the Pats are sure to all be dancing half naked with Gronk at one of their famous “Super Bowl loss” parties in the near future.
    =====================================

    The Super Bowl…. That’s the annual game where Jets fans get to watch two legitimate teams play for a championship after the annual guarantee that this year will be different.

  33. nerdyturdy says: Apr 5, 2012 10:51 PM

    McGinest, Brushi, Vrabel, Seymour were only any good because of spygate. If you can see the future and no one else knows it, you look like gods.

    Sure they could play, but they knew more than they should due to the illegal films so it enhanced their play. No wins since then, huh?

  34. 1historian says: Apr 5, 2012 11:35 PM

    All you Pats haters – and there are lots of you – might find that you are taken just a little (but not much) more seriously if you would just have the guts to let us know what team YOU root for before you open your dictionaries to the 25 cent word section and (try to) dump on us Pats fans.

  35. tigerlilac says: Apr 6, 2012 12:55 AM

    rexismybff says:
    “. . . the Pats are sure to all be dancing half naked with Gronk at one of their famous “Super Bowl loss” parties in the near future. . .”

    The Jets, Rex, and Fireman Ed would give their collective left nuts to be at next year’s Super Bowl loss party.

  36. tigerlilac says: Apr 6, 2012 1:17 AM

    Carpenter seems to be a bright guy:

    “I think, by just about every measurable term, they (the Patriots) are the most successful franchise in the last 10 years.”

    “The Patriots have been to five Super Bowls and won three (in the last ten years). They have a terrific quarterback and terrific coaches. I don’t know really what else you could hope for as a player going to a team.”

    “If you have a specific talent they’re going to find a way to utilize that, on either side of the ball.”

    Who are you going to believe, Bobby Carpenter or the PFT poster hitting computer keys in mom’s basement?

  37. cup0pizza says: Apr 6, 2012 12:43 PM

    Ugh Bobby Carpenter. Thanks for the awful first round pick, Tuna. Brutal.

  38. patsfiend says: Apr 6, 2012 1:25 PM

    WTF. I put effort into that post, you mod-turds! What’s wrong with “kiwi-licker” anyway? These haters just might really like tropical fruits.

    Dammit!

  39. jimboonie says: Apr 6, 2012 4:06 PM

    I’m a Patriots fan. I have no idea why other Patriots fans commenting think that this is a good pickup. It’s Bobby Carpenter. He sucks. He probably wont make the team. If he does, it will be on special teams.

  40. staffordsyear says: Apr 7, 2012 5:48 AM

    @patsfiend

    Lol,thanks for startin my saturday off with a laugh..funniest post ive seen!

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