NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed
Just minutes after announcing the signing of WR Anthony Gonzalez, the Patriots made another move, adding former Raiders OLB/DE Trevor Scott.
Scott adds some much needed depth at the pass rush position for the Patriots, that’s almost barren without Mark Anderson and Andre Carter. It’s still possible the Patriots add Anderson and Carter, but Anderson may demand too much money, and Carter is still coming off his late season injury.
Anderson mostly played right defensive end in the Raiders 4-3 base and had his best seasons in 2008 and 2009 with five and seven sacks respectively.
In 2010, Scott started ten games for the Raiders, with three of those starts at LB. He still came away with an impressive 19 QB pressures according to Pro Football Focus.
Last season Scott played out of position at left defensive end, and had a much harder time getting after the quarterback with only five QB pressures.
After playing out of position, and not having the same sack totals as he had earlier in the career, Scott is another nice reclamation project for the Patriots similar to Anderson. The Scott signing doesn’t means the Patriots won’t be looking to resign Anderson and Carter and it doesn’t mean they won’t look to pass rushers in the draft.
One particular nice thing about the Scott signing is it could put some pressure on third year player Jermaine Cunningham. Cunningham could be a roster casualty if he doesn’t impress early in camp.
While Scott isn’t even a guarantee to make the Patriots roster, it’s these types of low-risk, high-reward moves that set the Patriots apart. Let’s hope they’ve found their new Mark Anderson.