Bills GM Doug Whaley expects Reggie Ragland - the 41st overall selection in the draft - to start at inside linebacker in the team's 3-4 defense, The Buffalo News reports. Brown, picked up by the team in early April, had been eyed for that spot prior to the draft. Brown can capably fill either inside linebacker spot, so at least now the Bills have some depth or an insurance policy should Ragland struggle with the pro game. But Brown's IDP value will likely be nil entering the season.
Coach Rex Ryan says that, as of now, Brown is a starter at inside linebacker along with Preston Brown, The Buffalo News reports. The Bills signed Zach Brown a few weeks ago as a modest free agent pickup. He missed the 2014 season after suffering a torn pectoral in Week 1, but returned to total 77 tackles (55 solo), two interceptions and 0.5 sacks in 16 games played last season. We'll note that the Bills may also be eying a linebacker with the 19th overall pick later this month. If the Bills choose an inside guy with either of their top two picks, Zach Brown may be in for some competition this summer, as Preston Brown is the main LB in this defense.
Brown has signed a one-year contract with the Bills, NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports. Brown, who missed the 2014 season after suffering a torn pectoral in Week 1, returned to total 77 tackles (55 solo), two interceptions and 0.5 sacks in 16 games played last season. While those numbers were down from the totals Brown posted in both of his first two seasons, his playmaking ability and athleticism figures to boost the Bills' linebacking corp.
Titans linebacker Zach Brown got the start Sunday against Miami and responded with a team-leading 12 tackles (eight solo). The defense was kept busy in this one, but Brown was up to the task. His role upon the return of Avery Williamson (hamstring) is unclear, but Brown should continue to pile up tackles as long as Williamson is out.
Titans LB Zach Brown stuffed the stat sheet Sunday against the Colts, recording five tackles (three solo), a pass defense and a 45-yard interception of quarterback Andrew Luck. The talented linebacker continued his fine season after missing basically all of 2014 due to injury. He will get a chance to rest up in Week 4 as the Titans have a bye before returning to action against the run-heavy Bills attack in Week 5.
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