The Bills are decimated with injuries at linebacker, and Brown has the all-around skills to start in Rex Ryan's defense. In fact, he was brought in as a free agent to possibly start until the Bills took defensive players with their first three picks in April. If Ragland's injury turned out to be serious, Brown could actually end up being a three-down player since he's one of the few Bills linebackers with adequate pass-coverage skills. We'll also note Brown previously had back-to-back 90-plus tackle seasons as a Titan.
Buffalo 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. Zach 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.
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 figure to boost the Bills' linebacking corps as a potential starter on defense.
Tennessee 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.
|P3||8/26/16||@ WAS||7:30 pm|
|P4||9/1/16||@ DET||7:30 pm|
|1||9/11/16||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|5||10/9/16||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|7||10/23/16||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|9||11/7/16||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/20/16||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|