The Buccaneers had a handful of street free agent defensive ends working out at One Buc Place Tuesday afternoon. The team was merely doing their due diligence in case of an injury. The quartet consisted of Baraka Atkins, Larry Birdine, Rodrique Wright, and James Wyche, none of the players who worked out for the powers that be, were offered a contract and presumably the team was more interested in seeing which players are in shape just in case an injury should arise.
For those out there who are wondering the where abouts of pre-season phenom Louis Holmes, he is currently unsigned, but at this point not quite sure why the team has signed two other defensive ends and worked out four others and still no mention or sign of Holmes on the radar.
Of course, none of the aforementioned defensive ends will invoke visions of such legendary great’s like Reggie White, Deacon Jones or Bruce Smith, but there is a player that seemingly has the skill set that the team is looking for. He’s none other then Quentin Groves, a second round draft pick by the Jags in 2008, out of Auburn. Groves has had an inauspicious start to his young NFL career registering just 2.5 sacks through 20 games played. Groves is currently floundering around behind two undrafted rookies on the Jaguars roster.
With the Jaguars playing more and more of a 3-4 defensive scheme, Groves has a had a tough transition to outside linebacker for the Jags and might be on the trading block.
Groves, 25, is listed at 6’3 260-pounds – was a fierce pass rusher at the collegiate level posting 25 sacks for the Tigers through 49 games played with 24 starts.