FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons agreed to terms with veteran guard James Carpenter on Wednesday in hopes to continue to fortify their offensive line.
Carpenter, 29, has spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets prior to his arrival in Atlanta. He was the starting left guard for the Seahawks when Dan Quinn was the defensive coordinator and Seattle won Super Bowl XLVIII. The addition of Carpenter gives the Falcons another veteran presence along the offensive line.
Here are five things to know about one of the newest Falcons:
1. He's tat-tat-tatted up
Carpenter likes tattoos so much that he once got three in one week. One of his tattoos includes an outline of Alabama and Georgia. Carpenter was born in Augusta, Ga., and went to the University of Alabama. Check out some of his ink in the picture he posted below.
2. He's no stranger to Mercedes-Benz Stadium
As a first-round pick out of Alabama in 2011, Carpenter is naturally loyal to the program that helped him get to the NFL. He attended the national championship game between Georgia and Alabama in 2018. The Falcons now have three former Crimson Tide players on their roster.
3. You can call him chef Carpenter
Well, maybe that's a bit of a stretch. But he did attend cooking school one offseason to learn how to cook.
4. He's an NBA fan … So will he become the newest Hawks fan?
One of Carpenter's offseason hobbies is traveling around the country to attend NBA games. He's been to Toronoto and Cleveland's arenas for games. Here's hoping he's able to catch a Hawks game sooner rather than later, right?
5. He can move for a big guy
Carpenter moves extremely well for his size, that being 6-foot-4, 320 pounds. Watch and see for yourself.