Backup Quarterback Rudy Carpenter Activated

December 3rd, 2011

In a sure sign that Bucs starting quarterback Josh Freeman may not play tomorrow against the Panthers, or may be limited in playing time, the Bucs today activated third string quarterback Rudy Carpenter from the practice squad, per Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, on the TBO Bucs Twitter feed.

The Bucs have promoted QB Rudy Carpenter from the practice squad just in case Josh Freeman can’t go tomorrow.

If Freeman was healthy or the Bucs thought he could go, there’s little doubt Carpenter would not be activated. What would be the point when you can have another player activated to add depth?

Will Bucs fans who attend the throwback game be witness to Josh Johnson’s first start of the season?

31 Responses to “Backup Quarterback Rudy Carpenter Activated”

  1. TheProsUseAdvoCare Says:

    Not looking good.

  2. Brain Says:

    Can’t be any worse than Freeman’s been…

  3. Jrock Says:


  4. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:


  5. Thomas 2.2.. Says:

    What did I tell you guys earlier this week? Free isn’t playing to give Rah an excuse if they lose to Carolina on Sunday. Rah and the org know he becomes a dead-man walking if they get surpassed by Carolina whose stock is rising while ours – is barely a penny stock.

  6. Mt Says:

    Can anyone explain why I got my season ticket invoice I. Today with the 1st payment due before Christmas!! I mean really, last year was odd enough when we were the only team to require committed money prior to the superbowl when other teams didn’t ask for a dime until after the lockout. I mean, really, we have to start the purchase of next years tickets with 2 games left. I’m sure some people will be excited to start forking out money just before Christmas. Personally, I will always renew my tickets, but I thought the bucs had the financial issues of it’s fans on there mind, so why not at least wait till the finished product. Reminds me of how season tickets were due 2 days before they cut Brooks!! Poor timing!!

  7. thibs5599 Says:

    wish i lived in tampa i would buy season tickets no matter what every season. at least they lowered the prices but see where your coming from MT…on another note i feel like freeman can play the dude wasn’t even banged up after the game i feel like this is a ploy by rah and staff.

  8. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Bring on JJ!

  9. Joe Says:


    Can anyone explain why I got my season ticket invoice I. Today with the 1st payment due before Christmas!!

    Sorry, Joe is not under the employ of the Bucs.

  10. Captain Stagger Says:

    Let’s hope “TradeBait” Johnson lights it up tomorrow. Maybe we can recover our missing 4th rounder.

  11. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    I know it sounds weird, but I’m actually more excited about JJ starting that I would be about Freeman right now. Hope he does well.

  12. Mt Says:

    I know you don’t work for bucs, just some sarcasm. It goes back to what the glazers say. They talk about finances and ticket prices just like they talked about making a change 3 years ago when there was a disconect between the fans and the team. Just seems what they say is not always widdled down to the whole organization. Also, I’d be shocked if Freeman does not play, but if he doesn’t- don’t look for him to be back quickly as a precaution. The real question is will the run defense show up?? I heard there a game time decision also!!

  13. Thomas 2.2.. Says:


    The Glazers want the Rah supporters money in before they fire him as a safeguard against the 5 or 6 people who still think rah is a real coach not renewing.

    They know ticket sales will increase as soon as they announce that rah and his amateur staff is canned, and anyone short of Ron zook is named coach. Actually Ron zook would be a monumental improvement from rah. At least he knows how to get benn to catch the football.

  14. BigMacAttack Says:

    My tickets have dropped by about 20% in 2 years. I think because they are charging less, they are trying to get commitments early, a well as some quick cash. Hell, Why Not? They have that 10 month payment plan now which is pretty decent, and back up 10 months from the first pre-season game, and wah-lah it is December. Serious Rocket Science for Serious Surgeons.

    I’m sure Rudy Carpenter has Ron Rivera trembling in his Reeboks.

  15. Oahubuc Says:

    Freeman needs to ride pine for a bit. Could this also mean we let Spurlock return kicks like he should be doing?

  16. frige bob Says:

    Why stop at just benching Freeman? I can think of a handful of starters that could stand to benefit for a week or two off. Next man up, right?

  17. Thomas 2.2.. Says:

    Bigmac: just some friendly advice, if you don’t pay, your tickets aren’t going anywhere because nobody wants them. If I were you I wouldn’t pay. What are they going to do threaten to terminate you – that would:

    A) be eliminating about half of their season ticket base;
    B) give you something to laugh your arse off about for weeks.

    However, you will feel terrible this week when the stadium is only half full and 60% of those will be Panther fans paying about $10 for a ticket from a disinterested buc fan.

  18. BigMacAttack Says:

    Thomas, son, you really have no clue, but at times you are funny, dumb, but funny. I do appreciate the advice kiddo. Getting advice from you is akin to getting a root canal. I don’t care how many empty seats they have or don’t have. I can promise you that the clan I sit with week in and week out, will all be there. You know why? Because that’s what we do. Win or lose, we have a good time, drink, party, talk trash, yell, cheer, boo, whatever, we enjoy it. I could care less if you run your suck about this or that, reason not to do this or that, mommy this or mommy that, please change my crappy diaper, that’s your problem. Honestly, I have been so freakin busy this year, its just become chump change again. For people that want to find every excuse to stay home, or not renew, or fire the coach, that’s their problem, not mine. You guys can all bask in the misery, but this ol boy is gonna party down and make the most of the bad times, and really get down when the good times roll around again, which will be very soon.

    Bucs 35 – Panthers 10
    Go Bucs!!!

  19. Kryq Says:

    Excited to see Josh Johnson start.

  20. BigMacAttack Says:

    JJ, me too, may be the spark they need.

  21. Thomas 2.2.. Says:

    I admire your attitude. It’s going to take a TON of partying to enjoy this football. But if you enjoy last place or next to last place, I respect your humility. Have fun, I am excited to see JJ too, maybe he will hang with Cam.

  22. patrickbucs Says:

    Mt or anyone looking to renew. You can always cancel and get your money back on the ticket plan after waiting to see their offseason plans
    on coaching, draft, and free agents. I believe you can do this before July is what I was told last year at the office. I will plan on going to the office again and get it in writing as well.

    If it’s status quo this year I’m going to have a real hard time renewing my 2 for a 15th year and will voice my opinion on that in person and on e-mail.

    I can’t imagine they are going to hold out Freeman just to use that as an excuse. Pretty sad if that were the case, if so shut him down for the year.

  23. Oahubuc Says:

    It’s going to be the most realistic throwback game yet with all the empty seats.

  24. Oahubuc Says:

    Seeing an awful lot of Josh Johnson on the Bucs official page. Suppose he has a great game. I’d love to see it.

  25. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Cam Newton will break the single game rushing record for quarterbacks. 21-3, Panthers.

  26. Patrick Says:

    Such a shame our season is over….AGAIN.

  27. Thomas 2.2.. Says:

    Patrickbucs: by doing that you are doing all buc fans a real service. There is some potential on this team, a Jeff Fisher would come in and it would take some time for the players to adjust to having a boss again and a disciplined work environment but in time Fisher would dust off the bad habits and pull the potential out of these wayward players.

  28. McBuc Says:

    You guys are crazy if you think Johnson will be an upgrade from Freeman. I like JJ and hope he lights it up, but you all know the saying…when times are bad the back up QB is the most popular guy in town…That is until he gets in the game and reminds everyone that he is the back up for a reason. Also, there is no way they are trying to create a reason to lose, only winning can help Morris, regardless of who is behind center.

  29. BucForce Says:

    I’m getting a little nervous about Joe…10:45AM on a gameday and NO new stories posted? Not even our weekly opposing team cheerleader picture? WTF? Someone put out an APB on JoeBucsFan please!!

  30. flmike Says:

    It official JJ is in Free is inactive, chalk up loss #8, heading up that draft board faster and faster, Rah booking a cheap moving company.

  31. flmike Says:

    I think if they drop this game, the Rah watch starts, if it hits ten games, you have to fire him before the end of the season.