AFC East: Jamaal Westerman

Locker Room Buzz: Buffalo Bills

September, 22, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Observed in the locker room after the Buffalo Bills' 27-20 loss to the New York Jets:

Mario Williams' status unclear: Williams played sparingly in the late stages of the game, prompting speculation that he could be injured. Head coach Doug Marrone told reporters that he saw trainers working on Williams but had yet to speak to the medical staff, adding that coaches were discussing using Jamaal Westerman in that role late in the game. About an hour after the game, with every locker empty except for Williams', a team spokesperson said Williams was undergoing treatment and would not have time for comment.

Carrington in leg brace: Defensive lineman Alex Carrington, who was carted off the field late in the fourth quarter, limped around the locker room after the game. He was initially wearing a bandage wrap over his left knee and was later spotted wearing an immobilizing brace over that knee. A trainer assisted him dressing. Offensive lineman Kraig Urbik, who briefly left the game, also had a wrap on his left knee but was moving well.

No sign of Spiller: Running back C.J. Spiller, who left in the third quarter with a knee injury, was not spotted in the locker room after the game. His locker was empty by the time reporters entered.

Bills slowly trimming active roster

August, 19, 2013
The Buffalo Bills have been busy on the NFL's transaction wire over the past week. With the team's third preseason game approaching -- they travel Saturday to face the Washington Redskins -- the Bills have begun the process of paring down their 90-man roster.

Here's a snapshot look at their moves since last Tuesday, which have cleared eight roster spots:

Aug. 13: Waived P Brian Stahovich
Aug. 14: Waived/injured TE Mike Caussin; signed LB Jamaal Westerman
Aug. 15: Placed Caussin on injured reserve; waived DT Aaron Tipoti
Aug. 18: Placed WR Kevin Elliott on injured reserve; waived OT Tony Hills, WR Terrell Sinkfield, CB Don Unamba, and S Mark LeGree
Aug. 19: Released K Rian Lindell

In the last week, the Bills have settled their kicker battle by releasing Lindell, as well as their competition at punter by cutting Stahovich. Meanwhile, Tipoti and Caussin had missed most of training camp with injuries, and Elliott suffered a season-ending injury in Friday's preseason game.

As of Monday afternoon, the Bills' roster stands at 82 players. All NFL teams must trim their roster to 75 players by Aug. 27 at 4 p.m. ET.

Here's an early look at where the Bills can make some further snips to their squad:

Offensive line -- The Bills are carrying 15 offensive linemen on their active roster. According to the Buffalo News' Jay Skurski, only Keith Williams and Thomas Welch were held out of practice Monday. Meanwhile, tackle Chris Hairston remains on the active/physically unable to perform list. Moving him to the reserve/PUP list would clear a roster spot, but keep him out at least the first six weeks of the regular season. Either way, the Bills look to carry only about half of these 15 players into the regular season.

Defensive line -- The Bills have a pair of big-name players who are working back from injuries (Mario Williams and Kyle Williams), which could lead Buffalo to stay heavy on their defensive line numbers through the final two weeks of the preseason. Yet a longshot such as Izaan Cross (11 snaps vs. Minnesota) could be part of the 75-man trim.

Safety -- Even as franchise-tagged Jairus Byrd remains unsigned, there's not a whole lot of intrigue at this position. Aaron Williams and Da'Norris Searcy have filled in well in Byrd's place and will stay in those spots for now. Beyond that, the Bills invested two draft picks in safeties (Jonathan Meeks and Duke Williams), and unless there's a late injury, they also will be in the mix. That might mean Jordan Dangerfield (13 snaps vs. Minnesota) and Dominique Ellis (eight snaps vs. Minnesota) could be soon on the outs.

Miami Dolphins cut-down analysis

August, 31, 2012
Click here for a complete list of Miami Dolphins' roster moves.

Most significant move: Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland, head coach Joe Philbin and the rest of his coaching staff warned their wide receivers that they needed to step up. This is Miami's weakest area, and week after week, receivers dropped balls and failed to make plays. Still, it was surprising that Miami cut two receivers of significance: Clyde Gates and Roberto Wallace. Both were on the bubble, but at least one was expected to make the cut -- especially on a receiver-deprived team. The Dolphins also released fellow receivers Chris Hogan, B.J. Cunningham and Jeff Fuller. The Dolphins said in the spring that they liked their receivers group; clearly, those opinions changed after training camp and the preseason.

Onward and upward: Miami made two free-agent additions to help the team’s depth at linebacker this offseason: Jamaal Westerman and Gary Guyton. Both players had starting experience and had played in the AFC East. But neither fit well with Miami’s new 4-3 defense. The Dolphins decided to cut their losses and not take either on their 53-man roster. There’s a good chance other teams will be looking for veteran linebackers, and due to their experience, both have a chance to land elsewhere.

What's next: Miami should be one of the busiest teams in free agency and scanning waivers. The Dolphins are rebuilding and need a lot of upgrades and depth. Wide receiver and safety are two positions Miami certainly will have its eye on. The Dolphins have a long way to go to make their roster into a contender. Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill needs some assistance in his first season. So expect more changes in Miami before its Week 1 game against the Houston Texans.
The Miami Dolphins are not getting better offensively, but they continue to try to stockpile solid players to their already stout defense.

Miami reportedly is meeting with free agent defensive end Mark Anderson, who recorded 10 sacks for the reigning AFC champion New England Patriots last season. The Dolphins have most positions covered defensively. But one remaining area of need is a good pass-rusher opposite defensive end/linebacker Cameron Wake.

Anderson is a player the Patriots would like to have back. New England needs more pass-rushers, not fewer. But the Patriots are usually patient in free agency and rarely overpay. Meanwhile, Miami has a chance to help itself and simultaneously hurt a division rival.

Also, in more Dolphins news, they signed former New York Jets linebacker Jamaal Westerman to a one-year contract on Friday.

Early look at Jets free agency

February, 8, 2012
The New York Jets have a lot of questions entering free agency. They have a lengthy list of names about to hit the market, spelled out clearly by Brian McIntyre of the well-respected Mac's Football blog.

Here's the list:

Analysis: There are not many "must-haves" on this list. The Jets already are strapped for salary-cap space and had locker-room issues. I expect plenty of turnover in free agency. Big names like Tomlinson and Burress are not expected to return on offense, and injuries suffered by Leonhard (knee) and Thomas (Achilles tendon) will hurt their chances to come back on the defense. If I had to pick two players from this unrestricted group who could return, it would be Folk and Pouha. But both would have to be at the right price. In terms of restricted players, I think Maybin is a guy the Jets will keep. They found a niche for him in New York and gave him a chance to jumpstart his career. Maybin also was one of the team's best pass-rushers last season.

Jets at Steelers inactives

December, 19, 2010
PITTSBURGH -- The lineup scratches from Sunday's high-profile matchup between the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field:

New York Jets
Pittsburgh Steelers

Marshall active for Dolphins versus Jets

December, 12, 2010
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall is back in the lineup Sunday and will play against the New York Jets. Here are the inactives at the Meadowlands:

Miami Dolphins
New York Jets

Jets at Patriots inactives

December, 6, 2010
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Here are the inactives for Monday night's game between the New York Jets and New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium.

New York Jets
New England Patriots

Vikings at Jets inactives

October, 11, 2010
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Here are the inactives for Monday night's game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets at the Meadowlands. No surprises.

Minnesota Vikings
New York Jets

Revis, Pace, Ellis probable for Monday night

October, 9, 2010
The New York Jets have issued their injury report for Monday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Meadowlands.

One player is questionable: linebacker Jamaal Westerman with an ankle problem.

No Jets are listed as doubtful.

That means everybody else is at least probable, including cornerback Darrelle Revis and outside linebacker Calvin Pace.

They are among eight players listed as probable. The others are:

Jets at Bills inactives

October, 3, 2010
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The New York Jets and Buffalo Bills will be missing some notable starters for Sunday's game in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Each will be without their best defensive lineman, top cornerback and a quality linebacker.

Here are the inactives (the Jets' D-lineman I referred to is nose tackle Kris Jenkins, who's on injured reserve):

Buffalo Bills
New York Jets

Tannebaum doesn't need more picks

February, 26, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS -- The New York Jets have downsized their drafts in recent years, dealing picks to trade up and procure players they wanted especially.

They selected a grand total of three players a year ago and 13 players over the past three years.

At some point, don't they need to have a healthy draft class to fortify the team's depth?

General manager Mike Tannenbaum doesn't think so.

"That would be the case, but we have such a talented scouting department," Tannenbaum said Friday at the NFL scouting combine in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Vice president of college scouting Joey Clinkscales and senior personnel executive have identified contributors who were overlooked by other teams.

"We've added guys who are maybe not household names like [defensive tackle] Mike DeVito and [linebacker] Jamaal Westerman," Tannenbaum said. "We have a lot of young guys who we really like, who have really helped us."

Tannenbaum also pointed to the acquisition of receiver David Clowney and running back Chauncey Washington from the Green Bay Packers' and Dallas Cowboys' practice squads, respectively.

Tannenbaum certainly would've preferred to mention more significant names than those. Clowney had 14 catches for 191 yards and one touchdown. Washington joined the team last year with three games left and was deactivated for each one.

Tannenbaum contended the Jets aren't forced to amass picks, or have a bloated class like they did in 2006, his first year as GM. They selected 10 players, three of whom have made a Pro Bowl. Seven started at least one game last year.

"Because of those other avenues to improve the team," Tannenbaum said, "that has complemented the fact we haven't had a lot of picks."

When the Jets have dealt draft picks to move up in the order, their decisions have worked out. They traded up last year to get quarterback Mark Sanchez and running back Shonn Greene. In their four-man class of 2007, they twice traded three picks for two picks to move up and select cornerback Darrelle Revis and linebacker David Harris.

"When you trade up, you trade away valuable resources, and there is no guarantee on any of these guys," Tannenbaum said. "But you'd better be as close to pretty darn sure as you can. Fortunately for us, we had real organizational conviction in those situations be it Mark or Shonn last year or Revis or David Harris. We felt really strong.

"You have to make those value judgments of 'Is this price reasonable?' because to give up picks in our system is a heavy lift. Every situation is unique. We actually have traded back a few times, but no one ever seems to talk about that. Every situation is unique, but I fall back to we have a great college scouting staff that gives me good information."

Jets' secondary shorthanded for Titans

September, 27, 2009

Posted by's Tim Graham

A couple of interesting notes on the New York Jets' inactives for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans at the Meadowlands.

As expected cornerbacks Lito Sheppard and Donald Strickland are both out. Dwight Lowery will start for Sheppard at right cornerback, while Drew Coleman will handle the nickel back duties.

We'll see if the lack of two regular defensive backs will temper the Jets' defensive aggression against veteran quarterback Kerry Collins.

Receiver David Clowney has been dropped from the game roster even though he wasn't on the injury report Friday. That's bad news for a one-time candidate to be the No. 2 target after Jerricho Cotchery.

There's no doubt that's Chansi Stuckey's job. Clowney didn't have a catch and was targeted once through the first two games.

Erik Ainge regains his status as the third quarterback after Kevin O'Connell had the ceremonial captaincy versus his old team.

Tennessee Titans
New York Jets
  • Quarterback Erik Ainge (third)
  • Quarterback Kevin O’Connell
  • Guard Matt Slauson
  • Receiver David Clowney
  • Defensive end Ropati Pitoitua
  • Linebacker Jamaal Westerman
  • Cornerback Lito Sheppard
  • Cornerback Donald Strickland

Around the AFC East: Fins handle Marshall?

September, 1, 2009

Posted by's Tim Graham

Miami Dolphins
Buffalo Bills
New England Patriots
New York Jets