The Buffalo Bills planned to use rookie Reggie Ragland as an every-down linebacker. After an ACL injury ended Ragland’s rookie year before it began, the team had to turn to plan B. When the team opens its season on September 11 at Baltimore, the Ryan brothers hope that Zach Brown and Brandon Spikes will be able to equal the production expected from the rookie.
In Chris Brown’s fan Friday mailbag from September 2, he was asked about the starter next to incumbent ILB Preston Brown. Here’s what Chris Brown had to say:
Essentially, this information confirms what most Bills fans have thought since the team reacquired Spikes on August 7. Although he is a tremendous liability in pass coverage, he is an excellent sub-package linebacker in run situations. The expectation is that Spikes will thump, and the more athletic Zach Brown will play most of the snaps in the nickel package, and potentially even the dime looks if the Bills go 3-2-6. All the while, Preston Brown will be counted on to rebound from a sub-par 2015 in a big way.
Either way, it appears that these three will carry the majority of the snaps at the position.