Jacksonville Jaguars

Quentin Groves Prepares for Bigger Role with Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 9: Defensive end Quentin Groves #93  of the Jacksonville Jaguars lines up against the Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on August 9, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida.   (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Auguste ArcherCorrespondent IApril 5, 2009

When Quentin Groves was drafted by the Jaguars in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft, it was clear he would need some work to have a chance as anything more than a pass rush specialist.

Last season he played that very specific role and had 2.5 sacks.

One of Groves' issues has been his size.

At the end of last season, Groves weighed only 251 pounds, which is woefully undersized for a true defensive end. At that weight, Groves was really more suited to play linebacker in a 3-4 than defensive end in a 4-3.

This problem, however, is something Groves aims to remedy with a significant off season training program. Groves described his new program as being one that almost forces him to eat.

He's 262 right now, on his way to his playing goal of 270. It's important for Groves to keep up that weight, because he'll be a much bigger part of the defensive line rotation following the departure of Paul Spicer.

Groves will likely see time on the right side, rotating in and out with Derrick Harvey.

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