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Tyrod’s tackler in Tennessee was LB Brown

Posted by Chris Brown on April 5, 2016 – 2:14 pm

On Monday the Bills signed free agent LB Zach Brown to address a need at inside linebacker. Brown comes to Buffalo with a dubious distinction from his play last season as it pertained to the Bills fortunes in 2015.

Brown is the Tennessee Titans linebacker who was responsible for injuring QB Tyrod Taylor on his 23-yard scramble for a first down in the 14-13 win in Nashville last season. Taylor suffered a sprained MCL on the play, though he finished the game.

Appearing on the John Murphy Show, Brown said it was never his intent to injure Taylor’s knee on the play.

“I remember that game,” Brown said. “I was guarding Clay and I just happened to turn around and I saw him running and I said to myself let me get him down before he got the first down. I rolled up on the back of his knee.”

Brown was flagged for a horse collar tackle on the play even though he did not horse collar tackle Taylor. Brown grabbed more of Taylor’s name plate on the back of his jersey, which now under a new NFL rule will be deemed a penalty.

“That’s where that new rule came from,” said Brown. “You can’t grab anybody by the name plate anymore. Tyrod is a real good scrambler. He can get out of sticky situations. With him you’ve got to keep him in the pocket. He can throw too, but when he can run he’s a dangerous guy because he’s very fast.”

Taylor would miss the next two games, two games that Buffalo would lose against Cincinnati and Jacksonville.

 


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LB Zach Brown liked vibe at 1 Bills Dr.

Posted by Chris Brown on April 5, 2016 – 2:05 pm

It had almost been a full month into free agency and LB Zach Brown hadn’t been drawing a lot of interest. But it didn’t have him antsy about finding a home. Appearing on the John Murphy Show, Brown talked about how Buffalo expressed interest and he’ll be lining up for the Bills in 2016.

“I just kept praying and had faith in God that (an opportunity) was going to come. The Bills called and it was a great chance because I was thinking they’ve got a great defense,” said Brown. “Great defensive line, great cornerbacks and Rex and Rob (Ryan) and they just got my man coach (defensive line coach – John) Blake up there. The pieces of the puzzle are there so I said, ‘I’d love to join the crew.’”

Brown had met Rex Ryan before as he had a pre-draft visit with the Jets when Ryan was the head coach there, so he had some familiarity with him. During his visit Brown said he liked the collective vibe in the building and wanted to be a part of it.

“It was good. It’s a great feeling and everybody here wants to win so it’s a good atmosphere,” he said. “They’re going in the right direction so for me I wanted to be a player who could come in and get them to where they want to go.”

Brown said he plans to attend the team’s offseason conditioning program to get to know his new teammates.


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LB Brown, CB White are key pre-draft adds

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2016 – 4:10 pm

The Bills added a pair of value free agent players to their defense in LB Zach Brown and CB Corey White. Both have about 50 NFL games worth of experience and Brown is a proven starter. That’s why he’s expected to compete for the starting job alongside namesake Preston Brown in Buffalo’s defense.

More importantly Brown and White provide much needed experience and talent at two need positions prior to the arrival of the NFL draft. Armed with eight picks Buffalo is expected to address their defense more than once at the end of April. But prior to the signing of Brown and White one could argue that the Bills would’ve had to add two linebackers and at least one cornerback. Now the pressure to do all of that in the draft is noticeably reduced.

Zach Brown is a three-down linebacker with drop and cover skills. Prior to his arrival, the inside linebacker depth chart beyond Preston Brown included Kevin Reddick, AJ Tarpley and Tony Steward.

Buffalo liked Brown over free agent Bruce Carter, who visited last week due in part to speed, something the Bills linebacking corps still needs to add more of come the draft. Defensively it’s a subpackage league and linebackers that can run, cover and hit are the ones who are in demand. Carter has since signed with the Jets.

White offers depth at cornerback, a position that was also short on experience after Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks departed via free agency.


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Brown & White combine numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2016 – 10:44 am

The Bills are hosting a pair of free agent players today (Monday) in LB Zach Brown and CB Corey White. We thought we’d take a look back at some of their NFL Combine numbers from when they were drafted in 2012.

Brown has always been a top flight athlete. He ran a 4.5 40 time at the combine at 244 pounds. He also had a 33 1/2-inch vertical and a nine-foot eight-inch broad jump.

While White didn’t run quite as fast as Brown, posting a 4.55 40 time, he had a 37 1/2-inch vertical and a 10’6″ broad jump and a solid 6.72 3-cone drill.


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RB snaps have favored Brown, Choice

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2013 – 5:16 pm

The battle for the third running back spot on Buffalo’s roster has been tight. Tashard Choice is widely seen with the edge going into tonight’s preseason finale, but Kendall Gaskins and Zach Brown are in close pursuit. Here’s a look at how the reps through the three preseason games have played out, knowing Brown and Gaskins figure to get a big dose of work tonight.

Gaskins, who has the fewest offensive snaps to this point, is hoping extra snaps will allow him to get into the flow of the game more effectively.

“(With more work) the coaches will be able to see a lot more rather than just a short period of time,” Gaskins told Buffalobills.com. “I have to be able to get into the rhythm of the game the whole time. So I’ll be able to show more than what I’ve shown before.”

RB offense snap counts thru 3 games
Tashard Choice                  58
Zach Brown                        50
Fred Jackson                      46
Frank Summers                 38
C.J. Spiller                            37
Drew Smith                         34
Kendall Gaskins                  30

RB special teams snaps counts thru 3 games
Frank Summers                 29
Tashard Choice                 19
Kendall Gaskins                 5
Drew Smith                        4
Zach Brown                        3
C.J. Spiller                            0
Fred Jackson                      0


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RB Brown happy for opportunity

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2012 – 8:45 pm

Newly signed RB Zach Brown was glad to get the call he was waiting for from the Bills or any other NFL club for that matter. But if any team had given him an idea they were interested it was Buffalo.

Brown got a three-day tryout opportunity with the Bills during rookie minicamp and was hoping there would be some kind of follow up opportunity.

“I did a real good job there,” said Brown of his tryout weekend with Buffalo. “I got good feedback. I just felt like I did a real good job so anything could happen.”

Brown is now in Bills camp, but is at a deep position of running back.


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New RB limited

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2012 – 11:34 am

Newly signed RB Zach Brown will be on the practice field this afternoon, but he won’t be able to do everything.

As part of the new CBA, by rule players that have not been with a club at the start of training camp cannot practice in pads for three days. That means that this afternoon and for Friday’s practice Brown will only be able to do individual positions drills and any other non-contact work. On Saturday he’ll be able to put the pads on.

It’s somewhat of a safety measure designed to get a player that hasn’t been in the practice setting up to speed to reduce the risk of injury.


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Zachary Brown numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2012 – 7:44 am

With rookie RB Zach Brown signing with the Bills, here are a few of his numbers from his pro day.

At Pitt’s pro day, Brown ran a 4.73 40-time with a 1.69 10-yard split, had a 30 1/2 inch vertical leap, 9’4″ broad jump and a time of 7.23 seconds on the three cone drill.

Here also are his career stats from college.

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2007 Wisc  12 119 568 4.8 5 4 23 5.8 0
2008 Wisc  12 55 305 5.5 3 8 47 5.9 0
2009 Wisc  12 66 279 4.2 3 8 35 4.4 0
2011 Pitt  9 82 336 4.1 5 25 184 7.4 0
Career   45 322 1488 4.6 16 45 289 6.4 0

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