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Updated May 30, 2012 - 3:50 pm

Quentin Groves: Arizona is the right fit for me

Quentin Groves is fitting right in with his new teammates.

"The guys have welcomed me with open arms," he said following OTAs Wednesday, just his second day on the field with the Cardinals.

"[I] had a little jawing session today with (Larry) Fitzgerald; and me and (Darnell) Dockett kind of got into it over what college was the best: Florida State or Auburn. We all know that answer: Auburn."

The Cardinals signed the veteran free agent late last week to add depth at the linebacker position, particularly outside linebacker.

"We're very fortunate that we get him in here now," said head coach Ken Whisenhunt, "and can get him acclimated to the defense so when we get to training camp we can really see what he does when he gets the pads on.

"This guy is a talented football player. I think he's a good fit for our defensive scheme---whether it's at end as a pass rusher in the sub (package) or as an outside linebacker. He brings an element of potential pass rush, which you can never have enough of."

Groves played the past two seasons in Oakland but was not re-signed by the Raiders.

He said he had trips scheduled to Baltimore and Cincinnati before signing with Arizona. "As I was here (visiting the Cardinals), Cincinnati was trying to offer me."

Groves made the decision to cancel those visits after seeing the defensive scheme the Cardinals play.

"This is what I do and this is what I am. I'm not a 4-3 in-the-box linebacker. I played it for two years in Oakland because that's what the job called for but at the end of the day I love to rush the quarterback and get sacks."

Groves has 2.5 sacks in his 63-game NFL career but none since his first season as a second round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2008. He was traded to Oakland in 2010. He played in all 16 games last season, including making three starts.

Groves said he was "a fish-out-of-water" trying to play in a system that didn't fit him in Oakland.

"I made it work. We made it work. I played two years in the system.

"I thank Oakland for everything they did but at the same time it wasn't the right fit for me. I think Arizona is the right fit for me. I thank them for having me and thank them for signing me."


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