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Bengals LB Preston Brown among NFL’s best at not missing tackles

Preston Brown is one of the NFL’s most reliable tacklers, and that will be a welcome addition to a thin Bengals linebacker group.

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The Bengals’ defense got a major boost this offseason with the addition of Preston Brown from the Bills.

Now entering his fifth NFL season, Brown has slowly grown into one of the game’s best middle linebackers, something he hopes to continue in Cincinnati. He pretty much has to after the Bengals only gave him a one-year deal, so he’s still not really gotten that big NFL payday yet.

The good news is Brown is coming off a great 2017 season, and if he can replicate it in 2018, he could be getting that payday sooner rather than later.

One area in which Brown excels at is simply making the tackle when it’s there to be made. As Pro Football Focus indicates, Brown is one of the game’s best linebackers when it comes to not missing tackles.

5. Preston Brown, Cincinnati Bengals – 6 missed tackles on 1,055 snaps

A workhorse, Brown played the third-most snaps in run defense and the second-most against the pass. Despite his high snap volume, Brown missed just four tackles on 72 total attempts against the run and just two tackles on 60 total tackles against the pass.

At 6’2” and 256 pounds, Brown entered the NFL as a third-round pick (No. 73 overall) by way of the Louisville Cardinals in 2014. In four years with the Bills the Cincinnati native has played 64 games (62 starts) and compiled 512 tackles, three interceptions (1 pick-six), two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one sack.

What makes the addition of Brown even bigger for the Bengals is it will help offset the loss of Vontaze Burfict, who is out for the first four games due to a PED suspension. When Burfict was off the field in 2017, the Bengals’ defense struggled mightily, partly because they just didn’t have another big-time linebacker like Brown to help fill the void.

Now they have that, and it should help keep the Bengals’ defense respectable while Burfict is out. And once he comes back, the combination of him and Brown will be one of the NFL’s best linebacker duos.