Quentin Groves upgrades Titans' LB depth

September, 1, 2014
Sep 1
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Quentin Groves was supposed to help boost the Jacksonville Jaguars pass rush to new heights.

In 2008, Jacksonville drafted defensive end Derrick Harvey in the first round and outside linebacker Groves in the second.

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Harvey lasted three seasons with the Jags, Groves two.

Since then, Groves has played for the Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns, and Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton worked with him on the Browns last year.

Groves has played in 84 career games, recording 8.5 sacks. He played in five games last year and didn’t start any of them.

Still, Groves should be an upgrade over Patrick Bailey in the depth department after agreeing to a deal with the Titans. Bailey was a strong special-teamer but not much of an option on defense.

The Titans start Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan at outside linebacker in their new 3-4 defense. Shaun Phillips and Akeem Ayers are next in line. It seems they are down on Ayers, who hasn't been productive. I expect Groves could challenge for that fourth spot.

The Titans have not been shy about finding people from outside to bolster the roster.

Since they cut to 53 players, they’ve added Groves, receivers T.J. Graham and Kris Durham and cornerback Brandon Harris.

Per Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, they are also set to sign veteran kicker Ryan Succop to take the spot currently held by undrafted rookie Travis Coons.

Titans assistant special-teams coach Steve Hoffman helped Succop in Kansas City, where he became a quality player.

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ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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