New England Patriots: Trevor Scott

Catching up with former Patriots, Week 5

October, 9, 2013
Every Wednesday during the season, we'll lead off the day with a quick recap of some notable former New England Patriots players and their standing with new teams.

Patrick Chung (Eagles)
Misses his second straight game, a victory over the Giants, with a shoulder injury.
Season snapshot: Has started three of five games and is credited with 18 tackles.

Jermaine Cunningham (49ers)
After reaching an injury settlement with the Patriots at the end of the preseason, defensive end/outside linebacker signs with the 49ers on Oct. 1.
Season snapshot: Wearing jersey No. 50, he has yet to play in a game.

Brandon Deaderick (Jaguars)
Plays 33 snaps and totals three tackles in road loss to the Rams.
Season snapshot: Has played 122 total snaps; has totaled seven tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery.

Brian Hoyer (Browns)
Quarterback tears his ACL in his third start and is out for the season.
Season snapshot: Led the Browns to two wins in two starts before his injury; 57-of-96 for 615 yards with 5 TDs and 3 INTs.

Zoltan Mesko (Steelers)
Bye week after the Steelers had dropped to 0-4 in loss to Vikings in London.
Season snapshot: 20 punts for 41.9 average (31st in NFL) and 37.6 net (27th in NFL)

Trevor Scott (Buccaneers)
Bye week.
Season snapshot: 45 total snaps at defensive end.

Zach Sudfeld (Jets)
Claimed on waivers on Oct. 4
Season snapshot: Wearing jersey No. 44, tight end was inactive for Monday's win over the Falcons.

Donald Thomas (Colts)
Lands on season-ending injured reserve after injuring his quadriceps in Week 2 home loss to Dolphins.
Season snapshot: Was opening-day starter at left guard and now faces long rehab.

Wes Welker (Broncos)
Five catches for 49 yards and one touchdown in 51-48 win over Cowboys; plays 73 of 79 snaps.
Season snapshot: Receiver has played 275 of 373 offensive snaps (73.7 percent), and has 31 catches for 315 yards and seven touchdowns.

Danny Woodhead (Chargers)
Running back plays 45 of 72 snaps in road loss to Raiders and totals nine rushes for 13 yards, and adds nine receptions for 58 yards and TD. Also fumbles (returned for TD) and is stopped on fourth-and-goal from the 1.
Season snapshot: Is second on the team with 31 receptions (for 220 yards and 3 TDs), and has carried the ball 28 times for 103 yards. Has played 154 offensive snaps.

Highlighting Patriots-Bucs connections

September, 20, 2013
Despite not playing each other in the regular season since 2009, the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are very familiar foes. That’s due in part to the relationship between head coaches Bill Belichick and Greg Schiano, who have grown close since Belichick’s son Stephen, now a Patriots assistant coach, was at Rutgers, where Schiano previously served as the head coach.

Passing along some other connections between the two organizations, highlighted by former Patriots who are now members of the Bucs:


Running back Jeff Demps. It was just this past offseason that the Patriots traded Demps to Tampa Bay in a draft-day exchange that also sent LeGarrette Blount to New England. Demps is not currently on the Bucs' active roster, as they have an exemption for his spot that expires Monday as he continues his track endeavors.

Defensive end Trevor Scott. A key reserve for the Patriots last season, Scott found work with Tampa Bay late in training camp and has stuck around. He has played 31 snaps in two games thus far, logging two tackles.

Center Ted Larsen. A 2010 sixth-round pick of the Patriots, Larsen has settled in with the Bucs after being claimed by them in September 2010. He has played in 46 career games with 27 starts.


Pass-rush specialist Bryan Cox. The former Patriots linebacker has found a post-playing-career niche in coaching. He’s currently in his second season working with the Bucs' front seven.

Defensive-line coach Randy Melvin. Melvin was a member of the Patriots coaching staff in 2000-2001, serving as a defensive-line coach. He had two stints at Rutgers under Schiano and reunited with his former boss in Tampa Bay.

Offensive assistant Ben McDaniels. The younger brother of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Ben is in his first season with the Buccaneers and assisting on the offensive side of the ball. The elder McDaniels told reporters Tuesday that this is the first time the two have coached against each other in regular-season action.

Thoughts on reserve DEs

December, 31, 2012
Other than the New England Patriots clinching a first-round bye in the playoffs, the biggest news that came out of Sunday's win over the Miami Dolphins was a second-quarter hip injury to defensive end Rob Ninkovich, who started all 16 games this season.

The condition of Ninkovich, the team's leader in sacks and forced fumbles, still isn't known. But on Monday, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia offered his thoughts on some of the players who could be in the mix to replace Ninkovich if his injury keeps him out of the playoffs:

On veteran defensive end Trevor Scott:
"Trevor has done ... over the course of the season, you take a look at the role he’s had and the opportunities he’s had when he’s been able to deal with them, he’s really tried to develop and come along. Obviously he was available for us and did a good job for us in the first game versus Miami and it just steadily improved throughout the season. Like all the guys on the defense, hopefully throughout the entire season, you get to this point and you’ve done a good enough job to improve yourself week by week and that’s really what we’re trying to do. Trevor has certainly done that and become more familiar with the system and communication and the different things that we’re trying to do. Obviously we have a situation like we had yesterday and guys just have to step in and go and that’s what we prepare for every week."

Scott also talked Monday in the locker room about his roll:

"I just go in and perform every time I'm asked to. That's all I can really control. Every time my number is called, I just try to go in and do my job.

"We have a lot of depth here on defense. That's one thing. If someone goes down, we have the next guy who's going to step in and fill his role. It's definitely huge to have the depth that we have. No matter what happens, we just have to keep moving forward."

On Jermaine Cunningham, who returned after missing four games due to a suspension.
"I think obviously the situation for Jermaine, came back and tried to go out and play hard and certainly was out there doing the things we were asking him to do. I think it’s like any player that has a little time off or is away from the game for a while, you just have to keep working to improve and hopefully build on that performance the following week or whenever it is that you play. So certainly, he’s going to have to come back in and keep working hard to get himself going again, but it was a good job by him of being ready to go when he got back in the building."

On the collaborative pass rush effort (that included three sacks from rookie Justin Francis).
"Coach hit it right on the head as far as the great thing about what we do is obviously a team effort. When you look at the bottom line stats and you see one particular player with high numbers, I don’t really think that tells the whole story. If you take a good look at the game and what actually happened during a particular play, you’ll see that there’s a lot of other factors that contribute to maybe a player making a play on that particular situation. You can single out anybody with stat numbers yesterday but if you take a look at the group effort, it was really what we were looking for. You can certainly see situations where the guys in coverage in those situations did a really excellent job to allow the pass rush time to get to the quarterback and then you can see situations where the pass rush was able to get to the quarterback, which allowed the cover guys to not have to cover as long. So, I really think it was a good, collaborative effort."

DE Trevor Scott prepares for bigger role

November, 26, 2012
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With news that third-year defensive end Jermaine Cunningham has been suspended four games due to a violation of the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances, veteran Trevor Scott looks ready to take on a more active defensive role.

"If it does increase, I feel like I'll be ready for it," Scott said on Monday. "You can't control what goes on, but I will control what I do on Sundays, and I'll go through preparing well this week and just get ready to win the game."

Scott said he doesn't know specifically how Cunningham's absence will alter his role, if at all.

"I don't really know what's going to happen as far as [the] depth chart or whatever, but I'll definitely be preparing to get a more active role this week," he said.

The fifth-year veteran has played a combined 51 snaps in the past two games, during which he has served in essentially the third defensive end role, as Chandler Jones has been out with an ankle injury (suffered during Week 11).

Regardless of how much he expects to play this week, Scott said his preparation remains the same.

"It doesn't change," Scott noted. "I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing all week and see what happens."

He added that he and his fellow defensive ends have a next-man-up policy in the event of injuries or other circumstances.

"Yeah we have a set-up so as soon as somebody goes down, it's the next man in," he said. "And you're expected to perform just as well as anybody else. That's why we work hard every week to stay mentally and physically prepared."

Scott, signed as a free agent this offseason, has six tackles in nine games with the Patriots.