Week Five Canadians in the NFL

Week Five Canadians in the NFL

The New England Patriots invited Brampton Ontario’s Jamaal Westerman in for a workout last week. The free agent , a six-year veteran out of Rutgers, has been with the Jets (2009-2011), Cardinals (2012), Colts (2012), Bills (2013) and Steelers (2013).

In total the the 6-foot-2, 257-pound linebacker has played in 62 career NFL regular-season games.

Wallaceburg Ontario’s Shaun Suisham continued his very strong season in week five. Suisham was successful on his only field-goal attempt – a 24-yarder – in a 17-9 Steelers win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Suisham is 10-of-11 on field goals this season.

Right tackle Austin Pasztor made his first start of the season, giving a boost to the struggling Jaguars. The Langton Ontario native fractured his hand in the preseason. Now in his third year with the team, Langton starred at Glendale High School in Tillsonburg before playing at the University of Virginia.

Pasztor’s return was welcome news for rookie quarterback Blake Bortles (Pasztor’s strength is pass blocking, which creates more time in the pocket for his QBs).

The Jaguars lost 17-9 to the Steelers.

Bryan Broaddus, an analyst and scout writing for Dallascowboys.com, wrote in a week five blog post that Tyrone Crawford (Windsor, Ontario) is excelling when placed under-tackle this season.

“It just appears to be such a natural fit for him there inside with the type of game that he has. He is a problem for guards to deal with — not only because of his power, but his quickness,” wrote Broaddus. “He is just more of a physical player than Henry Melton at that spot on the early downs. With him and Rolando McClain inside, the run defense improves greatly because they are not getting pushed out of the way. I believe it helps Melton too, because it allows him not to take that pounding on his body which keeps him fresher throughout a game.”


WGR Radio Buffalo football writer Howard Simon suggested that Stefan Charles’ (Oshawa, Ontario) performance on the defensive line was an important part of Bills 17-14 win over the Lions in week five.

“Stefan Charles, who got time with Kyle Williams sidelined, came up with some big plays including a run stop on third and one in the fourth quarter and pressure up the middle on one of the sacks from Hughes.”


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