Report: Patriots Workout Matt Roth

Derek Havens
August 02, 2011 at 07:25pm ET

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Former Browns linebacker, Matt Roth, is reportedly in Foxboro, Mass today. Mike Rodak of ESPN Boston reported on Tuesday that the Patriots have brought in the veteran for a workout.

I find this visit very interesting for several reasons. Roth has been talked about as an option for the Patriots to ease their pass rush woes. At 6'4 and 275 pounds, Roth is the prototypical size for a Bill Belichick linebacker. The 7-year veteran is not a pass rushing terror by any means (only 20 sacks in his career), but he has been able to make plays around the ball while putting consistent pressure on opposing teams. Matt Roth could be the right fit for the Patriots.

Different than some of the other signings the Pats have made this week, Roth screams “Patriots way”. He is scheme diverse and has played in similar defenses in both Miami and Cleveland. Parcells influence in Miami and Eric Mangini's defense in Cleveland are not to different than the defense Belichick implements.

If Belichick does like what Roth shows him on their Tuesday visit, I would feel confident the 28-year old could positively contribute. However, the next information we hear on this topic will most likely be if the Pats have signed Him or not.

With the veteran resigning process still on going and new pieces being added from all over the NFL, there is no shortage of NFL news. There will be updates coming in every day and I will be sure to keep you updated as the “free agent frenzy” continues. Stay tuned.

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