Bills see rookie Preston Brown as Kiko Alonso’s replacement


A year after rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso burst onto the scene in Buffalo with a great rookie season, the Bills are hoping rookie linebacker Preston Brown can do the same.

Alonso suffered a torn ACL while working out this week and is expected to miss the entire season, and Brown will be the next man up at weakside linebacker.

Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports that Brown was outstanding at Organized Team Activities and minicamp, coaches raved about how well he practiced and the front office was thrilled with how he looked.

Unfortunately, most of the impressive work Brown has done so far has been practicing at middle linebacker, which is where Brown played in college at Louisville. He’s going to have to learn quickly to be ready to start on the weak side when the season opens. But that’s what the Bills expect Brown to do.

17 responses to “Bills see rookie Preston Brown as Kiko Alonso’s replacement

  1. Unfortunately for the Bills Brown is a poor man’s Spikes, neither can cover the pass well whereas Kiko was a beast all around. I guess at this point they can say what they want as talk is king.

    Everyone looks good in camp against players that won’t even be around in the fall and vets only playing at half kilter.

    The question is how will he look going against the vets playing for keeps in the fall. Also, given the Bills’ history of 3rd-rounders I’m not sure I’d be very optimistic as they haven’t hit on one like that in over a decade.

  2. I love how hearing how well these guys do in “OTA’S”….. Seriously! That is Like saying your ready for the PGA tour because you did well in Putt Putt Golf! Save the hyperbole for post Training camp & preseason

  3. Can the Bills ever get a break? Well hope he comes in an plays like Kiko,,Go Bills

  4. Jets fan here…..condolences to Buffalo, that’s a tough hit. Guy was a great player already and deserving of co-DROY.

    i always want to beat Buffalo, but i want them at 100%. hopefully he’s back strong next year

  5. A lot of conjecture here. The guys weighs 260 pounds and is an NFL rookie. Doesn’t sound like a good idea to have him immediately switch to weakside starter. We also have candidates in Nigel Bradham, Ty Powell and Keith Rivers.

  6. It’s not like it’s all that hard to pull off this particular transition. It’s the opposite that is usually the more difficult. Playing WOLB you just need to be athletic and see the field. Lots of run and chase. He won’t be taking on as many blockers, and will be expected to pick his way through traffic and make the play. With the front-4 that we have, Brian Mooreman could probably man the position and do ok. I just hope Kiko fully recovers from his injury, as strictly an NFL fan, his style of play just feels “Footballish”. He’s also a really cool guy off the field as well, had the pleasure a few times to meet him. Either way, good luck Preston Brown.

  7. Half of the people here knocking Preston Brown would of been knocking Kiko last year in the same situation. Kiko was a second round pick in a supposed weak draft. So please shut your pie hole and stop repeating garbage i heard on ESPN and NFLN all day.

  8. Even as a divisonal rival (Patriots) these injuries to kids in their second season is rough. Alonso was already a hell of a playmaker – his 2nd season jump would have been something to behold.

  9. Coming out of the draft, Bradham was rated higher than Kiko. His measurables are just as good too. His arms are longer, his hands are bigger…allowing him to shed blockers. He runs like a gazelle and hits like a Mack truck…they need to give Bradham a chance.

  10. . . . The question is how will he look going against the vets playing for keeps in the fall.
    Thank you for not saying, “when the bullets start flying.”

  11. One player doesn’t make a team. Kiko will be missed, but remember, the Bills made it to the super bowl four years in a row with various veterans injured at different times, such as Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas etc.

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