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James Carpenter (American football)

James Carpenter
Carpenter with the Seattle Seahawks
No. 77 New York Jets
Position: Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-03-22) March 22, 1989
Place of birth: Augusta, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 321 lb (146 kg)
Career information
High school: Hephzibah (GA)
College: Alabama
NFL draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2015
Games played: 49
Games started: 43
Stats at

James Carpenter[1] (born March 22, 1989) is an American football guard for the New York Jets 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 for Alabama.

High school career

Carpenter attended high school football team.

Considered a two-star recruit by, Carpenter was listed as the No. 193 offensive guard in the nation in 2007.[2]

Carpenter received only one offer, which was by Iowa State. He committed on February 6, 2007, however he struggled academically and was placed at Coffeyville Community College by Iowa State.

College career

In two seasons at Coffeyville, 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.[3]

Rated as a four-star recruit by, Carpenter was ranked as the No. 32 junior college prospect in 2009.[4]

Although he remained an Iowa State signee, he began visiting other schools "just […] to make sure I make a good decision".[5] He made official visits to Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Ole Miss, before eventually committing to Alabama.[6]

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".[7]

Carpenter went on to start every game at left tackle for the Crimson Tide in 2009 and 2010.

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".[8] He was selected with the 25th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.[9] Carpenter started 9 games in his rookie season before suffering a season ending ACL injury and being placed on the injured reserve. Carpenter was limited to 7 games in 2012 still recovering from an ACL injury. In 2013, Carpenter appeared in 16 games with 10 starts, the year Seattle attended Super Bowl XLVIII and defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8, giving Carpenter his first career championship title and the Seahawks their first Super Bowl win in franchise history. In 2014, Carpenter started 13 games and led the Seahawks to Super Bowl XLIX, where they lost to the New England Patriots 24-28.

New York Jets

On March 10 2015, Carpenter signed a four-year contract with the New York Jets.[10][11]


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  2. ^ James Carpenter - 2007 Recruiting Profile
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  4. ^ James Carpenter - 2009 Recruiting Profile
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  10. ^ Jets to sign James Carpenter to four-year deal
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External links

  • Career statistics and player information from • ESPN • Pro-Football-Reference
  • Alabama Crimson Tide bio
  • New York Jets bio
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