Despite tying for the NFL lead in tackles, the Buffalo Bills allowed middle linebacker Preston Brown to languish on the free agent market until he was scooped up by the Cincinnati Bengals. Then, during the 2018 NFL Draft, the Bills decided to trade up, moving higher in the first round to grab Brown’s replacement, former Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. Edmunds will be expected to fill Brown’s shoes in the middle of Sean McDermott’s defense, but should Bills fans expect him to be as successful as Preston Brown looks to be with the Bengals?
Signing for a one-year, $4 million deal, Brown expects to pair with Vontaze Burfict to form what looks like one of the more prolific tackling tandems in football. Having Geno Atkins creating chaos and Andrew Billings using his girth to soak up blocks will ensure that Brown is able to stay clean. Indeed, Brown has always been a very consistent player, never dipping below 100 tackles in a season and having played in 64 consecutive games.
Coming into the draft, Tremaine Edmunds was a highly regarded prospect thanks to his undeniable speed and size for the position. While he needs to work on his patience and his processing speed, Edmunds has the athleticism to make plays that other linebackers can’t even attempt. By all accounts, Edmunds has adjusted well to the starting role in OTAs and minicamps. That doesn’t necessarily mean that his rookie year will be a revelation, however. Rookies not named Tre’Davious White tend to need at least some time to adjust to the speed of the NFL and what is expected of them.
So what say you, Bills fans? Who will have the better 2018 season, Preston Brown or the rookie Edmunds?
Who will have the superior 2018 season?
This poll is closed
Edmunds will unequivocally outplay Preston Brown
Edmunds will have more ‘wow’ plays but will also make more mistakes than Brown
Edmunds will have a difficult rookie year whereas Brown will continue to be his steady self