Free agent OLB Quentin Groves worked out for the Jets on Monday.Groves was cut by the Browns last month and has also had workouts with the Patriots, Redskins, and Titans since. The Jets are banking on soon-to-be 34-year-old Calvin Pace and boom-bust Quinton Coples to man their starting edge rusher spots. They also seriously lack depth. Groves would by no means start,but he'd be a top reserve and contribute on special teams for Gang Green.
I guess depth couldn't hurt.
But what does this say about the current state of the roster? Unlike most Jets fans, I actually don't mind Garrett McIntyre. He is a solid player. He gets production (albeit in unspectacular fashion) but he isn't a liability, and he handles his business.
I like Pace and don't worry as much about his age as others, but perhaps I should. The fact that his biggest knock isn't what he's doing wrong, but how much longer he can continue doing right is a good problem to have.
However, if both McIntyre and Pace were to be on the field at the same time for 16 games I could see how we could have problems. They both play the study, hold-the-fort role, and provide little spark in the pass rush. At least, not the exciting Demarcus-Ware/Von Miller type of pass rush we all drool over. Theirs is more of the mop-up variety.
That's where Antwan Barnes comes in, but he's only played 16 games once in his 8 years of playing. If Coples could turn into a pass rushing freak we would all go bananas, but I see him more as a jacked up hold-the-fort type of guy, a younger Pace if you will. Not a bad thing, just not the spark most fans expect from a player of his draft status.
We've got the Fuggers, and Cunningham,Troy Davis and new draft picks IK-E and Trevor Reilly. Seems interesting on the eve of training camp to bringing in a throw around like Quentin Groves.