Atogwe and Westerman start fresh

Atogwe and Westerman start fresh

Windsor’s O.J. Atogwe (Eagles) and Brampton’s Jamaal Westerman (Dolphins) enter training camp with new NFL teammates.

Atogwe, a safety with seven NFL seasons under his belt, signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in June.

“I think Philadelphia has got a tremendous team all around,” Atogwe told the Toronto Sun’s John Kryk. “I believe they brought me in just to help the team in whatever role necessary to continue to allow them to be successful.

Atogwe, who once starred for the Ontario Varsity Football League’s Essex Ravens, was drafted in the third round by the St. Louis Rams in 2005.  The Stanford graduate has 25 career interceptions and played last season with the Washington Redskins.

“They’ve got a great group of safeties there. I’ve watched them make a lot of plays. And I’m excited to join the group and help them, as well as allow them to help me, and really to get things rolling where we have the best secondary in the league, as well as one of the best defences,” Atogwe told Kryk.”The thing that’s most exciting is knowing that we’re capable of achieving everything that we set out for the year, and looking across our roster and knowing that there’s no weakness within the team.”

Westerman, a former standout at Brampton’s Notre Dame Secondary School, was an undrafted free agent who spent the past three seasons with the New York Jets. Westerman signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins in March.

Now heading into his fourth season, Westerman has played both linebacker and defensive end, and has recorded 49 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 36 games.