From the Plains to the pros: Quentin Groves

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comJune 28, 2014 

Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Quentin Groves (54) prepares to make a play during a preseason contest against the Detroit Lions during a preseason game last year at FirstEnergy Field. The Browns released Groves earlier this month.


Editor's note: Auburn has a rich history of sending players to the NFL. With that in mind, beat writer Ryan Black takes a look at each former Tiger that finds himself on an NFL roster (or should be once free agency and training camps shake out). The series will begin with those who have already been in the league for more than one season and conclude with the latest crop of players to land in the NFL, either through the draft or as an undrafted free agent.

Quentin Groves, Free agent

Position: Linebacker

Drafted: Taken in the second round (No. 52 overall) by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2008

Career stats (through six seasons): Appeared in 84 regular season games (29 starts); 157 tackles, 8.5 sacks; two interceptions; six forced fumbles; two fumble recoveries

2014 outlook: Things could certainly be going better for Groves. Earlier this month, Cleveland released him in a somewhat surprising move. When pressed for insight on Groves' release, Cleveland coach Mike Pettine declined to give any specifics. Since being cut, Groves has sat down with three teams: New England, Washington and Tennessee. None of those visits resulted in a contract for Groves, however. One has to think he'll find a new team soon, with the Titans a smart pick given that he's familiar with Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton. Groves worked under Horton the past two years in two different cities, as the coach was Cleveland's defensive coordinator in 2013 and served in the same role in Arizona in 2011-12.

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