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Preston Brown | Linebacker | #52

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (23) / 10/27/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 251
College: Louisville
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 3 (73) / BUF
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Bills ILB Preston Brown said coach Rex Ryan has simplified his defensive scheme this offseason.
"With Rex, we've already installed, like, 50 plays," Brown said. "A whole bunch of simpler plays, though. Our checks are limited. There's not as many as there were." The Bills struggled throughout last season to get the correct defensive packages on the field and the correct checks made at the line. Simplifying the process should allow Buffalo's talented defenders to play more quickly and more aggressively. Brown is expected to "quarterback" the defense this season. Apr 21 - 8:13 AM

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Rex Ryan expects ILB Preston Brown to run his scheme in 2016.

"I think if everything stays the same then Preston has to be more vocal," Ryan said. "It's not good enough to just know your job. You've got to be the quarterback back there. And he can do it. I expect Preston to take that step and he needs to." Brown reportedly "had some missteps" running the defense last year, with Manny Lawson taking over late in the season. The Bills expect Brown to take more ownership in his second year in Rex’s scheme.
Mar 4 - 7:31 PM

Bills MLB Preston Brown called out the defensive coaching staff for late personnel changes and slow play calling.

"I don't know who that guy is [in booth], but it's been an issue with personnel coming in and out," Brown said. "[Other teams] run people in and off because they know we're having issues with that upstairs in the box." Other Bills have noted this problem in the last several weeks, and Buffalo has had trouble setting up at the line all season. Rex Ryan's job is likely safe, but there are changes coming to the defensive coaching staff this offseason.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 11:54:00 AM

Bills MLB Preston Brown has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 3.

The second-year man out of Louisville picked off two Ryan Tannehill passes and returned one for a touchdown. Manning the middle of coach Rex Ryan's defense, Brown has played all but nine snaps through three games. He's proven to be above average both in coverage and as a run defender.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 10:27:00 AM

Bills coach Doug Marrone believes rookie LB Preston Brown's training camp was "on par with Kiko Alonso's last year."

It's high praise from Marrone, as Alonso finished second to only Sheldon Richardson for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Brown is expected to start in place of Nigel Bradham this week. He should see regular time in sub packages when Bradham returns.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 07:30:00 PM

Bills third-round pick Preston Brown opened camp as the second-team middle linebacker behind Brandon Spikes.

A pre-camp report stated Brown would be in the hunt to replace WLB Kiko Alonso (ACL), but Mike 'backer is his natural position. He figures to take over there in 2015, when Spikes hit free agency. Nigel Bradham is getting the first crack at Alonso's weak-side job, with Keith Rivers stationed on the strong side.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 10:08:00 PM

Sources tell the Buffalo News that the Bills are looking to third-round LB Preston Brown to replace WLB Kiko Alonso.

"[Keith] Rivers and [Nigel] Bradham are not who the Bills think can help the most," writes Tim Graham. Brown, the 73rd pick in May's draft, ran with the first-team nickel defense during the spring alongside Alonso, and coaches "raved behind the scenes" about how well he practiced. Brown is between 250-260 pounds and runs a 4.86 forty. He's a downhill, thumping, tackle machine.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 04:01:00 PM

Bills rookie LB Preston Brown will push for a role in nickel packages this season.

The Bills drafted Brown to be their future MIKE, but he's not going to start over Brandon Spikes in base sets. Spikes doesn't play sub-packages, so Brown, Ty Powell, and Keith Rivers are candidates for nickel snaps opposite Kiko Alonso. Brown could eventually be used in a three-down role with Spikes on a one-year deal. DC Jim Schwartz called Brown a "really good young player" who has "done a nice job" at OTAs.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 09:03:00 PM

Bills third-round LB Preston Brown saw reps with the first-team defense at OTAs.

Brown has been getting work in nickel packages, suggesting the Bills view him eventually capable of a three-down role. With Manny Lawson moving to end, Brown could compete with Keith Rivers and Ty Powell on the strong side, but is best suited for the MIKE spot. With Brandon Spikes on a one-year deal, Brown could be Buffalo's middle linebacker of the future.
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 06:40:00 PM

Bills signed third-round ILB Preston Brown to a four-year contract.

Brown is a run-stuffer in the mold of current Bills MLB Brandon Spikes that lacks the athleticism to be an effective three-down player. Brown will likely contribute on special teams as a rookie before taking over for Spikes in 2015. The Bills view Brown as capable of playing all three linebacker spots, so he could start out on the strong-side as a rookie.
Sat, May 17, 2014 01:43:00 PM

Bills selected Louisville ILB Preston Brown with the No. 73 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Brown (6-foot-1 1/4, 251) was overshadowed by Calvin Pryor and Marcus Smith on Louisville's loaded defense, but led the unit in tackles as a junior and senior, and finished his career with 26 for a loss. Brown is a limited athlete (4.86 forty, 33-inch vertical) and likely won't play in NFL sub-packages, but has the body type and playing attitude of a thumping, two-down inside 'backer who can help on special teams. He'll likely cover kicks and punts as a rookie, before taking over for MLB Brandon Spikes in 2015. Spikes is on a one-year deal.
Fri, May 9, 2014 10:05:00 PM

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