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.
Zach Brown will enter the starting lineup Sunday against the Dolphins, replacing the injured Avery Williamson (hamstring), John Glennon of The Tennessean reports.
Brown saw just 15 snaps in the Tennessee Titans ' last game against the Bills, but he should see that number rise considerably now that Williamson is sitting. While serving as a starter in the past for Tennessee, Brown has typically delivered strong tackle totals, but his uncertain role beyond this week probably won't make him a worthy IDP investment.
|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|
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