FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 09: Jamaal Westerman #55 of the New York Jets celebrates after he sacked Tom Brady of the New England Patriots on October 9, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The Arizona Cardinals have added OLB Jamaal Westerman to their 53-man roster, winning a waiver claim over the San Francisco 49ers. Westerman was cut by the Miami Dolphins at the end of the preseason and played three seasons for the New York Jets.
But who is this guy that will be backing up O'Brien Schofield?
According to his Insider description from Scouts, Inc., he could have some potential for the Cardinals.
Westerman was able to secure three starts due to injuries in the Jets line backing core. He flashed pass-rush ability off the edge with quickness, deceptive power and instincts to counter effectively. He is solid defending the run with strong hands to leverage blockers at the point of attack. He has decent range in pursuit, but doesnt have outstanding long speed for the position.
Westerman went undrafted out of Rutgers, but landed a spot on the New York Jets' final roster in 2009. In a post on thejetsblog.com, he was featured after he was drafted.
"I thought this would be the best place," Westerman said in between practices Saturday on the second day of the Jets' three-day rookie minicamp in Florham Park. "I like what coach Ryan is doing. I like the defense."
It appears to be a match made in football heaven. After playing with his hand on the turf at Rutgers, Westerman is now a stand-up linebacker in the Jets' 3-4 scheme and looks like a natural.
"He definitely has a chance," Ryan said. "He's a guy that we really went after."
In fact, in his first four practices at his new position, Westerman has been more impressive and instinctive than 2008 first-round pick Vernon Gholston, who made a similar switch last season. The 6-3, 260-pounder looks at ease dropping back in pass coverage and, of course, he can get after the quarterback.
Westerman is experienced in a 3-4 set and appears to have pass rushing skills. While he may not have starter talent, it seems like he has exactly what the Cardinals need.
Plus, since the 49ers also placed a waiver claim on him, you have to think that it is a good pickup, as San Francisco has had a good string of picking up productive players for their schemes.
What do you all think? Good fit for the Cardinals?
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