- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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But after making the move up for the quarterback of the future, defensive end went unaddressed. Until yesterday.
Matt Roth, a 3-4 outside linebacker in Cleveland, agreed on a one-year deal and will shift to defensive end in the Jaguars’ 4-3. As Tania Ganguli points out, he’s the third free-agent defender to join Jacksonville in the last two seasons in order to make the switch from 3-4 to 4-3. Aaron Kampman and Paul Posluszny did the same.
Scouts Inc. only had six free-agent defensive ends graded more highly than Roth.
Here’s’ their report on him:
“Roth is a big, strong outside linebacker with above-average athleticism. He seems to fit in well as a stand-up player who attacks the line of scrimmage off the edge. He is a better run stopper than pass-rusher as he doesn't have great initial quickness off the edge. He has good strength to hold the point and set the edge with proper hand use and body positioning. He is an instinctive player who reacts well to blocking schemes and maintains. Roth has improved his overall pass-rush package with counter moves off his initial power rush. Roth is a good player who may be a bit of an overachiever. He brings great toughness and energy to the Browns' defense.”
Via free agency the 2011 Jaguars' defense now has four proven new starters.
A solid move, I think.
Had they not wound up in position to move up to draft Blaine Gabbert, the Jaguars likely would have addressed defensive end in the first round. I believe they would have gone for Ryan Kerrigan.