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Why Westerman is instant competition

Posted by Chris Brown on August 14, 2013 – 4:16 pm

Bills recent signee LB Jamaal Westerman represents instant competition for the likes of Jamie Blatnick, Kourtnei Brown and Marcus Dowtin. Here’s why.

Even though he’s coming in with just a week of training camp left, Westerman spent his first three NFL seasons in Mike Pettine’s defensive scheme with the New York Jets. So picking up the defense will take all of a couple of days for him.

That means he could step right into the team segments of practice pretty soon and take reps away from a couple of the other upstart candidates trying to make this roster.

Though it’s unlikely we’ll find out if Westerman will dress for Friday night’s preseason game against Minnesota. Westerman will wear jersey 93.

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Graham injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2013 – 4:19 pm

Head coach Doug Marrone provided an update on the injuries sustained by TJ Graham and Kourtnei Brown at practice.

“During practice T.J. Graham and Kourtnei Brown both had a little pull in their groin, so we’ll just see how that goes,” said Marrone.

Both are expected to be day to day until further evaluation.

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Whaley confident in pass rushing depth

Posted by Chris Brown on July 28, 2013 – 3:47 pm

Just days before training camp the Bills released veteran DE Mark Anderson. It leaves the Bills with just one proven pass rusher in Mario Williams at the DE/OLB spot depending on exactly what Manny Lawson’s role will be in the defense. But GM Doug Whaley is very confident in the young talent he has on the roster to flourish now that they’ll have the opportunity to grow on the field.

“I feel pretty good about it,” Whaley said. “We think the competition will make people better and it makes people, let the cream rise to the crop and before Mario was in the league he didn’t have any sacks so this is going to give an opportunity for guys to show what they have and maybe become the next Mario.”

Bills head coach Doug Marrone echoed Whaley’s comments.

“We feel we have some good young players there. Jerry Hughes, (Jamie) Blatnick, (Kourtnei) Brown,” said Marrone. “We feel very comfortable about how that position is going to develop and we’re excited for all those guys.”

Blatnick was certainly a player that flashed ability in the spring camps. That will have to naturally continue with the pads on here at camp. Hughes however, is the player that the Bills are likely banking on the most knowing he’s had time on the field the last three seasons as a rotational reserve behind top flight pass rushers like Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.

“We’re very excited about Jerry,” said Whaley. “He was a high pick and we think that this fresh start will be good for him and actually be a bonus for us.”

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