Scouting Report: Bobby Carpenter

Scouting Report: Bobby Carpenter
Bobby Carpenter

Scouting Report: Bobby Carpenter

Carpenter is struggling to make the 53 man roster.

By Bill Smith

Third Preseason Game

            Bobby Carpenter is struggling and is serious jeopardy of not making the final cut next week.  In preseason game 3 against the Texans, Carpenter played the second half.  This is a game that is critical in the NFL.  The teams use this game to set the final starting roster and firm up the second team.  He did not look good at all against the Texans.

            As you watch him play, far too often he is standing beside the pile rather than getting up after making a tackle.  He did not blitz except on goal line defense.  That takes away from one of his greatest  assets and hasn't helped him to contribute.  When he is in on the tackle, it is too far down field.  He is tentative and does not attack the run like he did at OSU.

            He struggles to get away from blockers.  Too often he is unable to fight through the block and make the hit. On runs to his side, he takes bad angles and is too far up field or down field to make the tackle. 

Coverage Skills

            He does a nice job covering receivers in the short zone or man to man inside 10 yards.  But his weaknesses against the run are likely to cost him his roster spot. 

Overall Grade

            His instincts seem to be off.  It seems he delays not trusting what he sees.  That delay costs him plays that in that inside position he must make.  He may be pressing because he feels the job slipping away.  But he has one more game to make up ground or he will be cut.  He scored only 2 points in a half which is a grade of F.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams and has scouted talent.  He is a senior writer for  He has also published several novels on and edits
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