Inside The Bills

Palmer ready to fill

Posted by Chris Brown on October 7, 2009 – 9:10 pm

Rookie Ashlee Palmer’s goal was to be a starter in this league some day. Never did he think he’d get the opportunity to prove himself so soon in his career.

Palmer was having a promising training camp before a high ankle sprain sidelined him after the first preseason game in Canton.

“I’m kind of like right where I want to be. I’m coming into a situation where they had starters already set and me being undrafted and I had really thought I was going to make the practice squad with me being hurt, but I end up making the roster and that set things off from there,” Palmer said. “I have special goals for myself and one of them was to become a starter in the league one day and I get that opportunity this week.”

Palmer is viewed as a fit for Buffalo’s ‘Tampa 2’ scheme which preaches 11-men to the football. Being a linebacker with a lot of range Palmer can get to the ball quickly. The question is how comfortable does he feel in the system?

Though the scheme he played in his senior season at Ole Miss nothing like Buffalo’s system, he played almost the exact same defense the year prior as a Rebel.

“At Ole Miss we ran a lot of man so the scheme was totally different,” he said. “But I ran this style my junior year at Ole Miss under Ed Orgeron. But it’s just a difference in terminology and getting used to that. Not a big difference.”

Watching him all offseason and preseason, he was one of the more impressive rookies athletically. The only other rookie that may have been more athletically gifted was Ellis Lankster, so you can understand why the Bills staff is going to put him out there and give him a shot.

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