Former Louisville Cardinal Preston Brown is making his presence felt in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills so far this season. The rookie linebacker was 4th in tackles coming into week 5 in the NFL. Currently, he ranks 6th in tackles, but that is because Green Bay and Minnesota played on Thursday night. Two Packers are now ahead of Brown. Mike Rodak of ESPN.com posted an article today about Brown. Here is some of that.
Mike Rodak of ESPN.com posted an article today about Brown. Here is some of that.
It might surprise some that Brown is fourth on the NFL’s tackle leader board entering Week 5.
Brown played every defensive snap in the first three weeks of the season, filling in for a suspended Nigel Bradham in Week 1 and for an injured Keith Rivers in Weeks 2 and 3. He saw less playing time in Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans but still led the team with nine tackles.
The Louisville product is set to receive another start Sunday if Bradham, who injured his knee last week, can’t play.
Brown hasn’t posted the same playmaking stats as Alonso — who had four interceptions through the first month of last season — but he has still drawn comparisons to the 2013 second-round pick from the coaching staff.
“I said it early on in camp. I really thought that Preston was progressing in a way that we saw Kiko progress as a backer that’s able to be on the field for three downs,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said Thursday. “I knew Preston was a heck of a player before, having played against him and our evaluation for the draft process. I didn’t know his quickness or speed. I really didn’t know about that until he came here.
“That would be the thing that I think really surprised me the most and that’s just because of me watching the tape. When he went out there I was surprised at how well he runs. I knew he could run, but I was surprised at how well he’s been able to run.”