Always looking for the hidden gems, the New England Patriots hosted former Cleveland Browns linebacker Quentin Groves, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com and NFL Network.
Groves, a seventh-year pro, was special teams captain for the Browns last season and accumulated 2.0 sacks in just five games. In the full season prior to that, he racked up 4.0 sacks and 41 tackles. Despite not putting up gaudy numbers, he’s one of the better options left on the market as a pass rusher.
Groves has the ability to play an edge rusher in a 3-4 defense, but could also see snaps at defensive end in a more tradition 4-3 defense. Nevertheless, it’s of note that the Patriots are considering him as an option. Considering the Pats run a 4-3 defense, Groves would most likely see action as either an end or as a strongside linebacker, but it’s unlikely he’d be a starter in either role barring a big training camp.
Groves next stop will be with the Washington Redskins on Thursday. Depending on Groves’ preferences, the Redskins’ 3-4 defense could be much more appealing. However, he’s certain to not see the field as a starter considering Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo have the outside linebacker spots locked down.
Groves was released from the Browns last week. Groves is a roster filler in most cases, but a great option to bring in for extra depth on any team.