Carpenter started only three games in his four years in Dallas before being dumped to St. Louis in a "I'll take your draft bust for my draft bust" swap of Carpenter for tackle Alex Barron. He didn't even make it to the opener in St. Louis as the very thin Rams team cut him. He landed in Miami, where Bill Parcells, the coach who originally drafted him in Dallas, was in charge at the time.
Carpenter has actually started two games in Miami, but he's being asked to be a special teams player as much as anything else, and that's where the trouble had come. Miami's special teams cost the Dolphins their week four loss to the Patriots -- New England scored on a blocked punt, a blocked field goal and a kickoff return. That came a week after the Jets blocked a punt against the Dolphins.
After the Jets game, the Dolphins cut linebacker Erik Walden for allowing his man to get free to block the punt. After the Patriots' game they fired special teams coach John Bonamego, but they didn't let any players go. That's what annoyed Jets' special teams coach Mike Westhoff.
"It's interesting that there was one particular guy that was involved in two of those major breakdowns," Westhoff said. "Frankly, I don't think he could play. I don't want the guy either."
"If they had included some personnel with [Bonamego's dismissal], I might have not felt so bad," Westhoff said. "That bothers me. I know the guy worked hard. It's their business. It's not mine. They have the right to decide their own. I respect that, but I'm disappointed when those things happen."
Westhoff wouldn't name the player he was talking about, but it's pretty easy to figure out that it's Carpenter. For one, as ESPN's Tim Graham figured out, he's one of only four players who was on both the punt and kick coverage teams. For another, NFL Network's Playbook show already singled him out as making a clear mistake on the blocked punt. He also missed a tackle on Brandon Tate's kickoff return for a touchdown. On that return Carpenter's job was to ensure that he funneled Tate back inside, but he let Tate get outside of him.
The Dolphins seem willing to give Carpenter another chance, but as Westhoff is asking, it's hard to see why.