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Carpenter offers athletic tools to Rams

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Dan Arkush
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By Dan Arkush

Both the Rams and Cowboys are banking on changes of scenery being just what the doctor ordered for OLB Bobby Carpenter and OT Alex Barron, respectively, after being traded for one another in a deal involving two former first-round picks who never were able to fully live up to their first-round billing. While Barron, who had been on the trading block for some time in St. Louis, is expected to have to fight for a starting job on the Cowboys' O-line, we hear it's very likely Carpenter will assume the Rams' starting WLB job right away, despite starting only three games in four seasons with the Cowboys. "He's more athletic than I thought," Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo said of Carpenter, who the team believes will be a much better fit in the Rams' 4-3 scheme. "That's something coach Spags loves," Carpenter said of his athletic ability, "A linebacker should be able to run, play downhill and at the same time be versatile. … I think I kind of fit that mold."


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