I was VERY skeptical of the Carpenter move because of his "soft" reputation. And didn't all the analysts remind us that he "failed" everywhere he went? Did he fail, or did his coaches fail? That's what I wanted to know. He did what he was asked to do and if he failed then maybe somebody asked him to do the wrong things. True or not? Well he's gonna stick and it's obvious that he is a gifted pass defender. So he only plays 25% of the snaps, but he's going to be a very nice role player. He's very smart, has Gumby Hips, good range, good everything in that role. Bingo, another languishing Kevin Faulk rescued from the heap of players asked to do the wrong things for the wrong reasons. But beyond that I feel better about the pass defense for a number of reasons but Carpenter is one of them. I feel very confident lining this guy up opposite a good TE. Absolutely. He is going to remove one more headache. And losing Fletcher really didn't bother too many people, not because he wasn't a good player or liked by the fans, but because he was immediately replaced by a very capable Carpenter. In fact Carpenter may be the better choice but was only playing behind Fletcher for reasons of seniority in the system. We hardly know it but already Carpenter has stepped up and filled a hole left by a very good role player. Carpenter is a true Patriot IMO. He fits 100%. He has the right attitude about doing what the coaches ask. He's a hard worker. He's as smart as they get. I know he's 'just' a role player now but that would be THE POINT.