Pete Carroll says James Carpenter will play this season

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With all the hubbub surrounding their decision to make 2012 third-round pick Russell Wilson their starting quarterback, it was easy to lose sight of Seattle’s 2011 first-round pick James Carpenter.

It would have been easy to lose sight of him no matter who was named quarterback, actually. Carpenter has been on physically-unable-to-perform list since the start of training camp as a result of the torn ACL he suffered last November. In late July, there were reports that Carpenter would miss the entire season. On Wednesday, coach Pete Carroll said that won’t be the case, however, and that the team is just figuring out whether or not Carpenter would be transferred to the regular season PUP list or activated before cutdown day.

“He’s not far away from looking like he could practice and play for us. But still, it’s a crucial time here. And we’re going to have to make a big decision on how we do this,” Carroll said, via Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune. “He has busted his tail to get back and we’re really, really excited. He is definitely going to play this year. We didn’t know that as we went into even July. We weren’t sure. But we know that now, that he’s going to play.”

What role Carpenter would play upon his return isn’t certain. He didn’t play particularly well in nine starts as a rookie and the extended layoff will likely have an effect on his ability to compete for the starting job with Breno Giacomini out of the gate. As a first-rounder, you’d expect Carpenter to get another shot when he’s healthy, but Wilson’s ascension suggests the Seahawks aren’t giving jobs away based on resumes, salaries or anything other than productivity.

UPDATE: As pointed out in the comments, Carpenter will likely be sliding to left guard upon his return. Paul McQuistan is currently the starter at that spot.

7 responses to “Pete Carroll says James Carpenter will play this season

  1. Carpenter won’t be competing with Giacomini when he returns. He’ll be competing with McQuistan at LG. The team has already stated that they’re going to give Carpenter a shot at LG when he’s healthy enough to go.

  2. Word is he wouldn’t press Giacomini at RT, but instead will line up next to Okung at LG. This would free McQuistan up to be the swing tackle.

  3. It is interesting to look at last year’s draft with a fourth rounder and fifth rounder starting at linebacker and cornerback while the first two picks may not start on the offensive line. This year’s seventh rounder is the starting right guard and Moffit may be his backup. Carpenters seems certain to start at left guard upon his full return to health. McQuistan can play any position except center and Moffit is the backup center.

    They could still use another offensive tackle.

  4. Carpenter could swing to RT if Giacomini goes down, but he’s probably best suited for G. A very deep unit will just get deeper when he returns. I say PUP him and get the extra rehab in, then bring him in slowly when he gets back. I’m pretty sure they a 2-week roster exemption when they activate him off PUP anyway.

  5. Blackfoot killer was first.. Who is this Campbell guy you mention near the end of the second paragraph?? There is no one by the name of Campbell anywhere on the Seahawks roster, pup list or otherwise.

    Anywho, Giacomini needs to stop the needless penalties.

  6. Maybe we should have writers that are actually familiar with the team write the stories? Just a thought…..

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