Diamond in The Rough: Matt Roth Excels Against Bengals

Richard BairdContributor IINovember 30, 2009

MIAMI - 2009:  Matt Roth of the Miami Dolphins poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by NFL Photos)
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The Browns lost another ugly game against a division foe Sunday. The offense failed to gain 200 total yards, and to add injury to insult, Shaun Rogers is done for the season and Brodney Pool should take time to consider whether he should continue football after his fifth concussion.

The lone bright spot for the Browns was the play of newly acquired Matt Roth. Roth set the edge on rushing plays, totalled seven tackles, sacked Carson Palmer, and played with the discipline and consistency that is lacking across the board on the Browns defense.

Along with Kamerion Wimbley, he should form a solid tandem of outside linebackers for the Browns.

Although the Browns should get credit for making the waiver claim on Roth, he wasn't a player that went unnoticed by the league.

At least five other teams claimed Roth, but the Browns had waiver priority with the worst record. I guess it's not always bad to be the worst team.

Roth had a very successful 2008 season with five quarterback sacks and 53 tackles with the Dolphins.  He is experienced in the 3-4 defense, and has the versatility and size at 275 lbs. to switch to a 4-3 defensive end if the Browns change schemes next season.