The New England Patriots released veteran linebacker Bobby Carpenter, who was released for the second time this season after being re-signed earlier this month. The Pats initially released him at the the end of the preseason in a somewhat surprising cut, and he worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Patriots brought Carpenter back this month as insurance for rookie SLB Dont’a Hightower.
A valuable depth player and contributor in coverage in sub-packages, Carpenter is a quick linebacker who can hang with wide receivers in coverage. However, he is a terrible run defender and has definitely seen his role with the organization diminish.
His release likely means that backup LB Tracy White is returning to health and will be back after the bye, and the Patriots timed his release perfectly. If he was cut after the bye week, then he would have had to go through waivers. The Pats would rather have him back on the market and able to choose his own team, because there is a higher chance of him waiting it out and re-joining the Pats later on if another linebacker is injured.
Like White, Carpenter mainly played in special teams this season and chipped in two tackles in four games.
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