Beyond the Big 3: Trevor Scott

March, 12, 2013
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Much of the attention around pending Patriots free agents has been paid to Wes Welker, Aqib Talib and Sebastian Vollmer, three of the team's critical starters. But the Patriots have a number of other free agents who could hit the open market later today, and we'll use this space to review them and recap their 2012 season.

Player: Trevor Scott

Position: Defensive end

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Should the Patriots re-sign Trevor Scott if the deal it would take is two years, $2.25 million?

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Key 2012 stats: 14 games played, 2 starts, 14 tackles, 3 sacks

Playing time (defense): 252 of 1,112 (22.7 percent; fourth among Patriots defensive ends)

2012 season recap: Scott was signed on a low-risk, one-year deal last offseason and proved to be a worthy pickup. He was a part of the Patriots' defensive end rotation and a key special teams contributor. His spot start in Week 13 against Miami resulted in two critical sacks, and he showed again that he has natural pass-rush skills. The team ultimately relied more heavily on rookie Justin Francis down the stretch, though Scott did play 17 of 72 defensive snaps in the AFC Championship game.

Outlook: Scott probably did enough in limited defensive opportunities to spark the interest of teams elsewhere around the league. While he probably won't be viewed as a starting option on another team, he is capable of playing more snaps in a 4-3 scheme than he did for the Patriots last season.

Projection: Not re-signed; lands a two-year, $2.25 million deal elsewhere. The feeling here is that while the Patriots might be interested in bringing Scott back for another season, they'll likely scour the defensive-end free-agent market for a higher-impact pass rusher. Ultimately, Scott will wind up with more security on a two-year deal elsewhere.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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