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2020 Could Be This Player's Last Chance to Prove Himself With the Falcons

By michael obermuller
The Atlanta Falcons should be ready to move on from this player if he doesn't prove himself in 2020.
The Atlanta Falcons should be ready to move on from this player if he doesn't prove himself in 2020. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images
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The Atlanta Falcons did not have the season they wanted to have in 2019, getting off to a horrid 2-7 start after a six-game losing skid starting in week four. They were able to right the ship towards the end of the year, but even so management knew they needed change.

Veterans like Devonta Freeman, Adrian Clayborn, De'Vondre Campbell, Mohamed Sanu, Vic Beasley, Desmond Trufant and more have all been sent packing from last year's trade deadline to now. Guard James Carpenter could be next if he does not prove his worth in 2020.

Carpenter was a first-round pick for the Seattle Seahawks back in 2011, but he has not played up to this value many times throughout his career. Signing with the New York Jets after four pedestrian seasons in Seattle, Carpenter ended up wearing out his welcome there too (after four more seasons).

2019 was the guard's first year with Atlanta, and it wasn't pretty. Graded out as a 45.3 on Pro Football Focus (down from an already poor 57.7 in 2018), Carpenter was one of the worst starting guards in the NFL.

The Falcons were desperate when they signed Carpenter to a four-year deal last offseason, and the move has looked like a colossal mistake so far, but they do have an out in 2021 that would only cost them $1.75 million in dead cap. Unless Carpenter has a bounce back season, expect Atlanta to take this deal and ax the veteran guard.

After three failed stints in the NFL, one has to wonder if this could be the end of the line for the former first rounder out of Alabama. Franchises always need offensive line, but Carpenter has provided very little upside and he's only getting older.


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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael Obermuller also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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