A Cleveland Browns loss may end up being a New England Patriots gain. Almost week after being released by the Browns, pass rusher Quentin Groves was brought in for a visit and workout by the Patriots on Wednesday, according to reports. Groves could add more depth at the pass rushing position if he is a fit for Bill Belichick’s defense.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport first reported the news about Groves’ visit to Foxboro. The outside linebacker is then set to visit the Washington Redskins on Thursday. Groves became available last Friday after the Browns cut the seventh-year veteran. New Browns coach Mike Pettine didn’t give a specific reason for the cut but said in a statement that there was a combination of factors that led to the release.
The Patriots jumped in immediately by calling Groves in just days after his release. He is seen as a productive player with experience who can harass the quarterback, which is something the Patriots are in desperate need of. The team currently has starters Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich, veteran defensive end Will Smith, second-year player Michael Buchanan, Jake Bequette and rookie Zach Moore at defensive end. Besides Smith, the Patriots do have a lack of experience at the position, which means there could be a spot for Groves, especially at outside linebacker.
In his six seasons in the NFL, Quentin Groves has recorded a career 8.5 sacks and 157 tackles. Money will play a part in the Patriots ability so sign Groves and it will also depend on his versatility and how well he fit in as far as work ethic and scheme. It will also depend whether Groves feels he is a fit with New England. Before playing with the Cleveland Browns, Groves has spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders.