Steven Means is no longer the only late round pick from Buffalo competing for a job on the defensive line in Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers announced today that they have signed veteran pass rusher Trevor Scott, presumably to compete for a job as a defensive end and bolster the pass rush rotation. Here’s the first confirmation of the signing I found on Twitter, courtesy of Pewter Report
Bucs announce signing of DE Trevor Scott, former Patriot who had 3 sacks in 2012.
— Pewter Report (@PewterReport) August 20, 2013
(Apologies if it was confirmed elsewhere first.)
Scott will bring his 16.5 career sacks to camp with him in hopes that he can catch on late and make an NFL roster, and if he shows the ability he had in New England, he just might snag a job with the Buccaneers.
According to Pro Football Focus’ signature statistics, no pass rusher in New England was more productive at pressuring the quarterback on a per-snap basis than Scott. There is certainly an element of “small sample size” to contend with here, but Scott was able to get into the backfield and disrupt the quarterback regularly with the Patriots while playing part-time snaps.
With Aaron Morgan sitting out with injuries recently, and Da’Quan Bowers “disappointing” Greg Schiano on some days of practice, Scott provides another veteran in camp to provide competition for Bowers and the other young defensive ends.
It’s unlikely that Scott is the answer to the Buccaneers’ general lacking pass rush, but he certainly could help steer things in the right direction. This is the kind of low-risk, relatively low-reward signing that makes sense during this time of year, but is unlikely to make any huge impact on the 2013 Buccaneers’ successes or failures.