The Jaguars have signed DE Matt Roth to a 1 year contact. He is expected to start right away according to NFL insiders. He will line up opposite of Arron Kampman. The Jaguars will be counting on Roth to solidify the D-line this season. They will now have the luxury of rotating Kampman, Roth & Lane as the starters with Morgan, Hart, Odrick & Scheichl as the back-ups. This should generate more sacks, QB pressure, forced fumbles and all around disruption in opposing team’s backfields. Added D-line pressure will also help the linebackers and the secondary in getting turnovers as well. Matt Roth brings a lot to the table for the Jaguars. He has amassed 272 tackles (199 solo), 20 sacks & 6 forced fumbles since 2005. He was drafted in the 2nd round by Miami and played DE and OLB in the Dolphins 3-4 defense. He was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland browns in 2009.
Matt Roth played MLB & DE for the Iowa Hawkeyes in college where he amassed 118 tackles (66 solo), 22 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. He was a two-time All Big Ten award winner on defense & special teams. He should make an immediate impact for the Jags defense. His signing will hopefully silence those whom think the Jaguars didn’t do enough to fix their D-line problems. With the return of a healthy Kampman, the improvement of Morgan and with Austen Lane bringing the pain….the Jaguars look to be much better than last season on defense. Combine that with the inside forces of Alualu, Knighton, D’Anthony Smith & Ledger Douzable and the Jaguars front line of attack should cause all kinds of chaos this season.
The Jaguars have been very interested in Roth since he was drafted by the Dolphiins in 2005. Trade rumors surrounding Roth & the Jaguars are nothing new. When they missed out on getting him off waivers back in 2009, the Jaguars were just waiting to snatch him up when his contract with Cleveland expired. He signed for 3 million for 1 year, but rest assured that if he continues to produce sacks and fumbles that he will be resigned next year. We could see him in action tonight as the Jaguars face the Patriots in their first preseason game of 2011. This could be the start of something really, really good. Let’s get ready to Roth & Roll.