This week while Harrison Phillips and Trent Murphy continue to get overpaid, one player was busting his ass on the practice squad. Justin Zimmer has not played in many games in his career, but tonight he proved one thing. He was the best damn football player on the Bills defense.
Yes, a practice squad player who was called up this week from the Bills practice squad. An undrafted kid. A kid who is kind of a journeyman of sorts. Zimmer has bounced around a few teams, hoping to latch on.
He started in Buffalo and was released. Professionally, he has also played for the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, and Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL), in addition to the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL).
Zimmer is a freak athlete. The 6030, 300 plus pound defensive tackle was recently with the Browns. The Bills signed him to their practice squad and tonight he played better than anyone on the damn field.
Zimmer is strong as an ox, check out his workout before the draft in 2016!
Zimmer played four seasons for the Ferris State Bulldogs, compiling a total of 216 tackles, 26 sacks, 48.5 tackles for a loss, 1 interception, 14 pass deflections, 9 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 3 blocked kicks. He was a three-time first-team All-GLIAC selection, a two-time Division II All-American, and a three-time Division II Academic All-American.
Here is my question, WHY IS IT THAT Justin Zimmer a player who is making peanuts for a salary, wants it so bad? Is it because he never had a shot before? Is it because he is not getting a huge salary? Or is it his heart?
Justin Zimmer has 6 tackles tonight, he is the only defensive lineman getting any pressure. He ripped at the ball moments after I tweeted we need a turnover. It is like he could hear me. It is like the small schooler who we interviewed years ago on Draft Diamonds, wants it more than anyone else getting paid.
The Bills are paying millions of dollars right now for three defensive ends that have not performed worth a damn. They are giving guys like Vernon Butler 7.5 million dollars and he has not shown up one game.
The Bills need 10 more players like Zimmer, and maybe they can stop a good offense. Sorry, not sorry Bills defense is garbage.
If he is not promoted to the 53 man roster the Buffalo Bills coaches need to be fired.