James Carpenter (American Football)
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James Carpenter American Football

James Carpenter
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Carpenter with the New York Jets in 2016
No. 77 - Atlanta Falcons
Personal information
Born: (1989-03-22) March 22, 1989 (age 30)
Augusta, Georgia
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:321 lb (146 kg)
Career information
High school:Hephzibah
(Hephzibah, Georgia)
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:103
Games started:97
Player stats at NFL.com

James Edward Carpenter Jr.[1] (born March 22, 1989) is an American football guard for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks as the 25th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Alabama.

High school career

Carpenter attended Hephzibah High School in Hephzibah, Georgia, where he played offensive guard for the Hephzibah Rebels high school football team.[2]

Considered a two-star recruit by Scout.com, Carpenter was listed as the No. 193 offensive guard in the nation in 2007.[3]

Carpenter received only one offer, which was by Iowa State. He committed to the Cyclones on February 6, 2007, but he struggled academically and was placed at Coffeyville Community College by Iowa State.[4]

College career

Coffeyville Community College

In two seasons at Coffeyville Community College, Carpenter started every game at left tackle for the Red Ravens and earned All-Conference (KJCCC) honors twice. In 2008, he was named to the NJCAA All-American first team.[5]

Rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Carpenter was ranked as the No. 32 junior college prospect in 2009.[6]


Although he remained an Iowa State signee, he began visiting other schools "just [...] to make sure I make a good decision".[7] He made official visits to Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Ole Miss, before eventually committing to Alabama and head coach Nick Saban.[8]

Carpenter faced the difficult task to replace All-American left tackle Andre Smith. While analysts did not expect him to dominate as a run blocker like Smith, they saw him as "a rock in pass protection".[9]

Carpenter went on to start every game at left tackle for the Crimson Tide in 2009 and 2010. In the 2009 season, Carpenter was part of the undefeated Crimson Tide team that won the National Championship over the Texas Longhorns.[10][11][12]

Professional career

Seattle Seahawks

Carpenter had a good post-season performance and, according to Sports Illustrated, went "from a third-round choice to a player who could be a surprise pick late in round one".[13] He was selected with the 25th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.[14] He was the fourth tackle to be selected that year.[15][16] Carpenter started nine games in his rookie season before suffering a season ending ACL injury and being placed on the injured reserve.[17]

Carpenter was limited to seven games in 2012 still recovering from an ACL injury from the previous year.[18][19]

In the 2013 season, Carpenter appeared in 16 games with 10 starts. Carpenter earned a Super Bowl ring with the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII where they defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8, giving Carpenter his first career championship title and the Seahawks their first Super Bowl win in franchise history.[20][21]

In the offseason, Seattle declined the fifth-year option for Carpenter.[22] In the 2014 season, Carpenter started all 13 games he appeared in and participated in the Seahawks making it to Super Bowl XLIX, where they lost to the New England Patriots by a score of 28-24.[23]

New York Jets

On March 10, 2015, Carpenter signed a four-year contract with the New York Jets worth $19.1 million.[24][25] He started in all 16 games for the Jets in the 2015 season.[26]

At the start of the 2016 league year, Carpenter agreed to restructure his contract converting $3.96 million into bonuses creating $2.46 million in cap space.[27] He started in all 16 games for the Jets in the 2016 season. In addition, he had a fumble recovery.[28]

In the 2017 season, Carpenter started in all 16 games and had two fumble recoveries on the season.[29]

In 2018, Carpenter started 10 games at left guard while dealing with a shoulder injury in Week 7. He aggravated the injury prior to Week 12 and was ultimately placed on injured reserve on November 28, 2018.[30]

Atlanta Falcons

On March 13, 2019, Carpenter signed a four-year, $21 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons.[31]


  1. ^ "Profile". rostermon.com.
  2. ^ "Largely overlooked as high school senior, Carpenter is being noticed as Tide's new left tackle". AL.com. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ James Carpenter - 2007 Scout.com Recruiting Profile
  4. ^ "Seahawk draft bio: James Carpenter". The Seattle Times. April 28, 2011. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "2008 NJCAA All-Americans", NJCAA.org, retrieved 2009
  6. ^ James Carpenter - 2009 Rivals.com Recruiting Profile
  7. ^ Crabtree, Jeremy (September 10, 2009), "Neuheisel takes to road and air to see recruits", USA Today
  8. ^ Porter, Yancy (November 30, 2008), "OT James Carpenter decides on Alabama", Scout.com
  9. ^ Fiutak, Pete (June 16, 2009), "2009 Alabama Preview - Offense", College Football News
  10. ^ "2009 Alabama Crimson Tide Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "2009 Alabama Crimson Tide Schedule and Results". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "Alabama Football Wins National Championship No. 13, Beating Texas, 37-21". rolltide.com. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "Names to remember on draft day". SI.com. Associated Press. April 26, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  14. ^ "Seahawks draft Alabama offensive lineman James Carpenter". The Seattle Times. April 28, 2011. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "2011 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ Goodbread, Chase (April 28, 2011). "Four UA players go in first round". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 2011.
  17. ^ "Seahawks lose tackle Carpenter to ACL injury". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ "Seahawks optimistic James Carpenter finally ready to play like a first-rounder". AL.com. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "James Carpenter out for season; Hawks also waive Edwards". The Seattle Times. December 4, 2012. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ "Super Bowl XLVIII - Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos - February 2nd, 2014". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ "Seahawks dominate Denver from start to finish to win Super Bowl". The Seattle Times. February 3, 2014. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ "Seahawks decline 5th-year option on former first-round pick James Carpenter". Q13 FOX News. May 3, 2014. Retrieved 2018.
  23. ^ "Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots vs Seahawks". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2018.
  24. ^ Patra, Kevin (March 10, 2015). "Jets to sign James Carpenter to four-year deal". NFL.com.
  25. ^ Lange, Randy (March 11, 2015). "Jets Sign Unrestricted FA Guard James Carpenter". Retrieved 2015.
  26. ^ "2015 New York Jets Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018.
  27. ^ Cosentino, Dom. "Jets restructure James Carpenter's contract to create cap space". NJ.com. Retrieved 2018.
  28. ^ "2016 New York Jets Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018.
  29. ^ "2017 New York Jets Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018.
  30. ^ Lange, Randy (November 28, 2018). "Jets Place LG James Carpenter on Injured Reserve". NewYorkJets.com.
  31. ^ McFadden, Will (March 13, 2019). "Falcons agree to terms with James Carpenter". AtlantaFalcons.com.

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