He weighs 340 pounds but is in the absolute best shape he has been in since arriving in the NFL as Seattle’s first-round pick in 2011. He was out of shape as a rookie and was coming back from knee surgery last year, unable to practice a down in August.
Carpenter is uniquely strong even by the standards of an NFL locker room, and he has been practicing since training camp opened. While he’s still spending time on the second-unit offensive line, he’s a strong bet to become the starting left guard by the time the season begins. A 340-pound strong bet.
Hopefully this will help Carpenter stay healthy this season.