The spotlight is on again and this time it is focused on quarterback Rudy Carpenter. Carpenter was un-rafted rookie out of Arizona State University that was originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys, but signed with the Bucs after last season. Carpenter is a very interesting quarterback and could become a special player in the future.
Carpenter weighs in at 6’2” and 212 lbs. While at ASU, Carpenter proved he had a very accurate arm and was also a tough competitor. There were several games while playing in college in which Carpenter was hit hard and should have probably come out of the game, but chose to stay in and compete for his team. Carpenter has an average arm and decent speed to get out of the pocket; he knows that he does not have the greatest skill set, but it inspires him to work even harder because of that. Carpenter comes to practice everyday ready to compete and work hard for the coaches. He also has very good accuracy, making good decisions either from the pocket or on the run.
The Bucs don’t have much experience at quarterback this season. With second year quarterback Josh Freeman only having one season at the helm, Josh Johnson with a few games to his credit; the Bucs will be relying on the youth and talent on the roster to win games. Carpenter will not start unless something major happens to Freeman and Joshnson, but that does not mean he will not help the team. Carpenter will help provide competition and help push everyone because of his great work ethic and passion for the game. Carpenter with time could become a good back up quarterback or even start for another team down the road.