The Detroit Lions signed LB Bobby Carpenter today, and it was a good time to bring in the former first-round draft pick.
Head Coach Jim Schwartz also believes that adding Carpenter is just another example of seizing opportunities to make the team better when they arise.
Schwartz: “We’ve taken a long stance of anytime a player is available and we think we can improve our team, we’re going to work very hard at it. He became available. He’s got the size and speed and the athletic ability that we’re looking for. He has experience. He’s a multidimensional player. He’s played inside, he’s played outside, he’s played in the nickel.
“I thought his best year in the NFL was last year in Dallas. We’ve had some issues at linebacker. We’ve played 5 different MIKE linebackers this year. Our depth is down there a little bit with where Zack (Follett) is, and DeAndre Levy and things like that. So we thought it made sense to get him here and get him going.”
Joining the team during a non-game week allows for the extra time Carpenter needs to focus on learning the playbook and getting up to speed with the system.
Carpenter: “It’s a huge benefit (to come in during the Bye), believe me, because I can come in and actually learn what I’m supposed to do before game planning. Game weeks are all preparation for what they’re doing. They take for granted that players know what they should do. Coming in, I’m trying to learn what I need to do and then next week I’ll be able to focus on what the Washington Redskins are doing and I’ll focus on them. Hopefully I’ll be able to understand more of my role and what they need me to do and focus on them next week.”
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