The New York Jets are looking to add some quality depth behind the starting outside linebacker duo of Quinton Coples and Calvin Pace, as the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported last night that Grove worked out for the Jets yesterday. He spent the 2013 season as a reserve for the Cleveland Browns, making just five appearances and recording four tackles as the team’s special teams captain. Groves also added two sacks, and he had 46 tackles and four sacks in his lone season with the Arizona Cardinals in 2012.
A breakout year from Coples is exactly what the Jets defense needs in order to alleviate pressure off of their secondary and give them a dynamic edge rusher. Pace is solid and racked up a good sack total last year, but they need a truly disruptive edge rusher. Groves won’t provide that, but he does give the Jets a decent veteran presence behind Pace and a potential fallback option in case Coples doesn’t take that next, expected step forward.
Groves had workouts with the rival New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, and Tennessee Titans back in June, and the interesting thing is that the Patriots are the only team with a 4-3 base defense to give him a call. The 30-year-old is definitely best off as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but his biggest contributions to the Jets would likely come as a special teams ace. If the Jets do decide to bring in Groves on a cheap, one-year deal, then it would be a pretty solid move.