Preston Brown Named as Bills Secret Superstar

Pro Football Focus named Preston Brown as Buffalo's Secret Superstar in 2015.

Pro Football Focus has named Preston Brown as the Buffalo BillsSecret Superstar for 2015.

Brown played in all 16 games as a rookie and finished with 109 total tackles (66 solo) while playing 96 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. PFF’s rating system had Brown as the 15th best 4-3 OLB in 2013, with pass coverage being his best rating (+3.6). The linebacker was having a strong season in terms of run defense until the final three games of the season when he posted scores of -2.5, -1.8 and -1.1.

Towards the end of his rookie season, Brown may have hit the rookie wall. That said, it’s clear that Buffalo was impressed with Brown’s play as the team was comfortable trading away Kiko Alonso in the offseason to acquire LeSean McCoy. This season, Brown will be one of Buffalo’s starting inside linebackers in Rex Ryan’s 3-4 defense. Here is what the Michael Mountford of PFF said about the move.

It will be interesting to see how Rex Ryan employs Brown as an inside linebacker. Ryan likes to blitz his ILBs — not something Brown excelled at as a rookie. On 48 pass rushes in 2014, he managed just four total pressures.

The big question for Brown heading into the 2015 season will be whether the last four games of 2014 showed a lack of endurance, or if he was figured out. The next, of course, will be how well he can handle moving to an inside spot in a 3-4 scheme. Regardless, he has shown promise in key areas, proven he belongs as a starter in the league, and should have the opportunity to continue improving.

It’s no secret that the Bills are expecting a superstar type of effort from Brown in 2015.


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