Bills front seven part two: linebackers

By Brandon J. Koch

In part one of talking about the Bills front seven on defense, the line has some major questions and holes.

I think the same thing can be said for the linebacking core. Time to evaluate.

Preston Brown

Brown is a unrestricted free agent and will be looking for a pay day after leading the league in tackles with 144. Now of course it’s a production league and Brown did just that, but I think McDermott wants a faster linebacker at that position. Like every offseason, teams tend to overpay, I think Brown will get overpaid by some team. I know they’re two totally different players, but Zach Brown was let go last offseason and he’s faster. I think McDermott wants his own guy to be the mike of this defense. I will be surprised if Brown is back for 2018

Matt Milano

What a surprise the 5th round rookie was in 2017. He had 49 tackles and one interception last season and was a mid season starter. I expect him to be in that starting role, only getting better in this defense. He cover a lot of ground as he was a former safety. He’s the definition of a fundamental linebacker.

Ramon Humber

Another free agent who was a bargain for the Bills defense in 2017. He was at the vet minimum and played very well the first quarter of the season, before suffering a broken thumb. He can be resigned back as a run stopper and for depth.

Lorenzo Alexander

A down Year in terms of sacks, but he wasn’t used much as a rusher. Alexander was the best player in the wildcard game against the Jaguars. He is a candidate to be a surprise cut at some point this offseason, but he’s only a $2 million dollar cap hit. Pretty cheap for someone who is a veteran in the locker room and is versatile. He can still play and I hope he is back for 2018.

The Bills have holes at the linebacker spot and I expect them to address it early in the draft. McDermott should want to get faster, it will make a difference in stopping the run, short passing game.

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  1. Bills defense is predicated on the safeties and ILB making plays. Don’t let stats fool you. Bills can look at Navarro Bowman or Preston Brown for next year in free agency.

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