The Buffalo Bills starting defense will look much different under new coach Sean McDermott’s 4-3 scheme than the hybrid 3-4 defensive front that Rex Ryan ran for the last two seasons.
Each position in the front seven now has new responsibilities and roles, meaning that those players who will separate themselves from the competition during Buffalo’s training camp will earn starting jobs, even if they unseat a seasoned veteran.
The linebacker battle is arguably the most intriguing positional battle to track this summer, as all three positions are essentially up for grabs.
Preston Brown has played in all 48 possible games for the Bills ever since he was selected in the third-round of the 2014 NFL draft. He has experience at all three linebacker positions, despite his 6-foot-1, 251-pound frame leading many to pigeonhole him solely as a “MIKE.”
Last season, Brown recorded 135 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack, one pass breakup and one forced fumble as an inside linebacker. 2017 is a contract year for the 24-year old Louisville product, but he’ll be competing for his starting role with Reggie Ragland.
Ragland, the Bills’ second-round pick from one year ago, missed his entire rookie season after suffering a torn ACL during training camp but is back and ready to fight for a starting job.
Defensive coordinator Leslie Fraizer has previously stated that there was an opportunity for both Brown and Ragland to play on the outside, as long as…
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