AFC East: Ashlee Palmer

Wendling, Fine among seven Bills cuts

February, 16, 2010
The Buffalo Bills released a member of the 2009 All-AFC East squad that you, the readers of this blog, selected two weeks ago.

The Bills cut seven players Tuesday. Among them was All-AFC East special-teamer John Wendling, who led the Bills with 26 coverage tackles.

Also jettisoned were receiver Justin Jenkins, tight end Derek Fine, center Marvin Philip, defensive ends Jermain McGhee and Marcus Smith and linebacker Ashlee Palmer.

The moves come a week after new head coach Chan Gailey and his finalized coaching staff convened at One Bills Drive to begin roster evaluations.

Fine was the most notable player aside from Wendling. He started six games last year and made nine catches for 64 yards. Fine was a fourth-round draft choice in 2008. Jenkins played 36 games over three seasons with Buffalo but didn't register a reception.

Palmer started a pair games at linebacker for the injury-plagued Bills.

Philip, Smith and McGhee spent the entire season on injured reserve.

Bills move Mitchell to the middle

October, 7, 2009

Posted by's Tim Graham

Three games of Marcus Buggs at middle linebacker was enough to convince the Buffalo Bills to make a change.

The Bills are moving veteran Kawika Mitchell into the middle in an attempt to salvage a wayward defense. Undrafted rookie Ashlee Palmer will take Mitchell's spot at weak-side linebacker.

Buggs replaced captain Paul Posluszny, who broke his forearm in the first half on opening night. Buggs, an undrafted second-year pro out of Vanderbilt, wore the defensive headset and was responsible for making the calls.

"It's a hard position to play," Bills head coach Dick Jauron said. "You've got to make all the calls and make all of the adjustments. We put a lot of pressure on Marcus, and certainly not throwing the whole thing on his shoulders, there’s enough to go around and, as always, it starts with me. But Kawika has been around the game. He's got a nice feel and doesn't fluster. Think that might settle the thing down in there a little bit."

The Bills have yielded 472 rushing yards in their past two games, losses to the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins. It's the most rushing yards they've allowed in consecutive games since 1979.

Mitchell, in his seventh year, hasn't played middle linebacker since he left the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006, but he sounded excited about the switch and is confident he can make a difference.

"You know, I want people to get off my back and get off my teammates backs and everyone else’s around here," Mitchell said. "So talking to the fans and stuff like that, I want nothing more than to win games for this city. I’ve been reminded time and time again that it’s been a long time. So it’s about time we change it, and we have a long time to go in this season, and hopefully we can do that."