TAMPA BAY, Fla. – After spending most of the summer on the free agent sideline, Potsdam native Trevor Scott has earned a chance to resume his NFL career by signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday.
Section 10 has produced a pair of NFL caliber players in the past decade and now both are part of a rebuilding project for the Bucs under second-year coach Greg Schiano. In Tampa, Scott will be united with former Gouverneur Central and Rutgers stalwart Brian Leonard, who was reunited with his former Rutgers head coach.
Scott visited the Patriots, Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles practice facilities during mini-camps and training camp this spring but was left unsigned, putting his NFL career in jeopardy.
A, 65, 256-pound pass rusher, Scott entered the league as a sixth-round pick out of Buffalo in 2008 for the Oakland Raiders. He posted 16.5 sacks in five years in the NFL, mainly as a situational pass rusher. Scott recorded seven sacks at outside linebacker in 2009 for the Oakland Raiders but was been slowed by injuries and managed just three sacks the past two years with the Raiders and Patriots.
The Bucaneers defensive end group has a lot of physical talent but has produced very little during the preseason and has been disappointed especially with DaQuan Bowers development so far, although the third-year defensive end earned some praise from Greg Schiano according to published on-line reports on Monday.
Scott, a three-sport standout at Potsdam where he starred on the basketball court and track-and-field circuit along with the gridiron, is likely to compete for a roster spot with Steven Means, William Gholston and Aaron Morgan. Reports say the Bucs could carry as many as six defensive ends, with Bowers, Adrian Clayborn and Daniel Teo-Nesheim almost guaranteed a roster spot.
According to Pro Football Focus signature statistics, no pass rusher in New England was more productive at pressuring the quarterback on a per-snap basis than Scott. There is certainly an element of small sample size to contend with here, but Scott was able to get into the backfield and disrupt the quarterback regularly with the Patriots while playing part-time snaps.
Scott is expected to push Bowers and other young defensive ends.
NOTES: Scott, 28, slowly worked his way into the Raiders lineup after the 2008 NFL Draft, eventually earning a full-time starting role during the 2010 season. However, that season was derailed by an ACL tear after 10 games and Scott was unable to record a sack in the following season, despite play time in all 16 games. In March 2012, Scott signed a one-year deal with the Patriots where he played in 14 games and recorded three sacks. The Buccaneers finished the 2012 season with 27 sacks, with Michael Bennett leading the way for the pass rushers with nine sacks. Simeon Rices 14-sack season in 2005 was the last time that a Buccaneers pass rusher managed to record a double-digit sack total.