Just prior to training camp practice No. 14 at St. John Fisher College, the Buffalo Bills announced the signing of free agent outside linebacker Jamaal Westerman.
The former undrafted free agent out of Rutgers spent his first three seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets, where he was coached up by none other than current Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. A familiarity with the defensive system should help the 6'3", 265-pound pass rusher assimilate quickly to his new surroundings.
Westerman, 28, accumulated 3.5 sacks as a sub-package player with the Jets in 2011 before leaving the team. He spent part of training camp in 2012 with Miami, but was released, landing with Arizona. When Arizona released him, he wound up with Indianapolis, where he played on special teams for them during the playoffs.
As you can see below, Westerman is dressed and ready to participate in his first Bills training camp practice tonight. We'll be using this thread for live updates from tonight's penultimate evening session.
Newest #Bills LB Jamaal Westerman readying for special teams work at 1st practice. #BillsCamp pic.twitter.com/8FTFPN3Cs8— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownBills) August 14, 2013
#Bills WR Stevie Johnson is dressed with helmet and shoulder pads at practice.— Sal Capaccio (@SalSports) August 14, 2013
Looks like Kiko Alonso will be a non-participant #Bills— Jeff Russo (@JeffRussoWKBW) August 14, 2013
Stevie and Brad Smith dressed for practice, but not doing much at this point. Likely to be very limited. #BillsCamp #Bills— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownBills) August 14, 2013
Doug Marrone having some fun at Bills camp. Hat on backwards and is snapping the ball to the QB's during drills.— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) August 14, 2013
Stevie running routes through individual drills... Looks pretty good.. We'll see what else he does— Jeff Russo (@JeffRussoWKBW) August 14, 2013
Kevin Kolb takes first snaps in 11-on-11 work.— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) August 14, 2013
11-on-11 Kolb in first and throws deep to Goodwin. Broken up late by Nickell Robey.— Ryan (@RyanTalbotBills) August 14, 2013
EJ Manuel takes the 1st snaps of 7-on-7 #BillsCamp— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 14, 2013
Brad Smith doing more than expected. Getting reps in 7-on-7. #BillsCamp— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownBills) August 14, 2013