Carpenter: Rams' enthusiasm 'refreshing'

Newly acquired linebacker Bobby Carpenter, 26, should fit into the Rams quickly as one of the team's four linebackers from Ohio State.

Carpenter, speaking to reporters during a conference call Monday after the Cowboys traded him to St. Louis for Alex Barron, said he has already met with Rams coaches and gotten a feel for the building.

"Coming in here today and seeing how energetic everyone is, it's something I was not necessarily taken aback by, but it was refreshing to see that" after spending his first four seasons with an established Cowboys team, Carpenter said.

Carpenter expects to play outside linebacker for the Rams, but he said the coaches didn't tell him whether the weak or strong side would be his best fit. Carpenter has started only three games in four seasons, but he played about 40 percent of the Cowboys' defensive snaps last season, mostly as part of sub packages. He finished the season with 2.0 sacks. Carpenter suggested he could cover tight ends effectively.

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