Matt Roth Scouting Report

In the hopes of procuring a better pass rush, the Jaguars came to terms with former Dolphins and Browns outside linebacker Matt Roth. Find out the full scouting report on the former Iowa Hawkeye.

With Aaron Kampman's status still somewhat of an uncertainty and none of the young players stepping up, the Jaguars signed former Iowa Hawkeye Matt Roth.

What are his measureables?

Matt Roth is 28 years old, stands 6-foot-4, weighs 275 pounds, and is in his seventh season from Iowa. Roth was drafted in the second round by the Miami Dolphins in 2005. In seven seasons, Roth has accumulated 272 tackles, 20 sacks and 6 forced fumbles. Ryan's most productive season may have been in 2009 when he had four sacks in just six games after missing the first six games of the season as a member of the Miami Dolphins.

Matt Roth seems to be a better fit for a 3-4 defense, and the Jaguars actually experimented with some 3-4 looks with Roth during their preseason victory against Atlanta. Still, at approximately 275 pounds, Roth can line up with his hand on the ground.

To find out more about how Roth could fit, we asked Dolphin Digest publisher Alain Poupart for assistance and he was kind enough to share a few words.

Roth is not only is best suited as a 3-4 OLB, but as a 3-4 strongside linebacker in a 3-4. What he was in Miami is a hustle player with limited athletic ability. I have no idea what the Jags have in mind for him, but he seems ill suited for their defense. NFL Expert Aaron Wilson weighed in with his thoughts.

Matt Roth is a hard-nosed, physical linebacker who has some pass-rush skills, but lacks ideal explosiveness and is a bit of a 'tweener as an outside linebacker-defensive end. He probably fits best as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Roth is strong enough to hold up in run support and can make some plays in the backfield. No pass coverage skills to speak of, but that's not why he's in the NFL.

With the thoughts that Roth is better suited for the 3-4, and the Jaguars have so many versatile players such as Tyson Alualu, Terrance Knighton and Jeremy Mincey, it's more than possible we could see a true hybrid style defense in 2011.

Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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