From the Buffalo Bills myspace fan page. I messaged the page administrator and told him he definitely deserves an opportunity, but whether he gets a real shot or not doesn't totally depend on his athletic ability. It may also have something to do with his being white. Check out www. castefootball. us and www. castefootball. us/forum/default. asp Wendling Hoping For Defensive Opportunity by Chris Brown, Lead Journalist Last Updated: 3/24/2008 3:14 PM Et It's a position Buffalo's defensive staff is looking at in a few different ways.<BR style="DISPLAY: none"><BR ..>The Bills strong safety position is currently manned by a former first-round pick, but would Donte Whitner be a greater asset for the Bills defense at free safety? It's a thought that seemed to gain traction when Buffalo hosted veteran free agent safety Marlon McCree, who indicated he'd likely play strong safety were he to sign with the Bills. McCree eventually chose to sign with Denver, and so the Bills went in another direction re-signing Bryan Scott.<BR style="DISPLAY: none"><BR ..> Whether strong safety alternatives will continue to be examined by the defensive staff remains to be seen, but one potential candidate who would relish the opportunity is second-year safety John Wendling. After leading special teams in tackles as a rookie and being an integral part of the league's number one punt coverage unit, Wendling's rookie season exceeded his expectations.<BR style="DISPLAY: none"><BR ..> "I've always felt like I could contribute on special teams and I could make a difference there," he said. "I look at the way the season went and how things unfolded in terms of the positions I was in to make plays and I would have never thought that. I was playing gunner for the first time and I would have never thought I'd be doing that. All of it is a stepping stone I guess.<BR style="DISPLAY: none"><BR ..>" Wendling is no doubt hoping to parlay a successful rookie season on special teams into a role on the defensive side of the ball. He feels he can deliver on what defensive coordinator Perry Fewell looks for in his players.<BR style="DISPLAY: none"><BR ..> "I do feel like I'm a fit," said Wendling. "Perry's whole mentality is to make plays. He wants guys that are going to go out and make plays, fly around the field and get to the ball. I feel like that's what I'm good at.<BR style="DISPLAY: none"><BR ..>" But at the same time Wendling knows he'll have to show he's got the mental part of the game down with respect to the defensive scheme.<BR style="DISPLAY: none"><BR ..> "As much as I can do physically there's also the mental part of being in the right position," he said. "You see veterans that may not be the fastest guys, but they're in the right position.<BR style="DISPLAY: none"><BR ..>" Wendling, who was accepted to a pair of Ivy League schools before ultimately deciding to stay home and enroll at the University of Wyoming, likely stands a good chance of being a quick study. It's why the second-year safety is confident he'll be able to challenge for a defensive role.<BR style="DISPLAY: none"><BR ..> "That's the next step really," said Wendling. "I'll always be proud of contributing to this team on special teams, but I want to be able to contribute to this team on defense. It's a unit that's improved so much and has a lot of great players, and I want to be a part of that."