Redskins to work out Quentin Groves

June, 12, 2014
Jun 12
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The Redskins will work out veteran outside linebacker Quentin Groves on Thursday, one day after he visited with New England, according to multiple sources.

While it's always good to work out certain players just in case down the road something occurs, you don't bring in just-released veterans at this time unless you're interested in possibly bringing them to training camp. Or think they could make your roster.

A lot has to happen before leapfrogging to what it means for certain players. Groves has to be signed, for instance. The Redskins could decide he's not better than their current options at outside linebacker.

Groves is a journeyman linebacker, having played with four teams in six years (Jacksonville, Oakland, Arizona, Cleveland). He lasted just one season in his past two stops (Cardinals and Browns). And he has 8.5 career sacks.

The Redskins are set with their top three outside linebackers in Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Murphy. It's possible they'll keep just one more outside linebacker and, right now, the choice would be between Rob Jackson and Brandon Jenkins. The second-year Jenkins still has a ways to go and is far from a lock to make the roster. The Redskins would likely keep nine linebackers at the most, so there's a chance they'd go with four on the outside and five inside.

Groves was a special teams captain with Cleveland last season. Jenkins did not play well on special teams as a rookie, one big reason he was not on the active roster more often for games. The Redskins have made bolstering special teams a priority this offseason.

A severely sprained ankle limited Groves to five games in 2013. He needed offseason surgery, but had been practicing with the Browns in the offseason.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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