It's hard to get a sense of who Preston Brown is as an NFL linebacker.
In some games, he plays at a Pro Bowl level. In others, his play isn't of starter quality.
Here's a look at the overall Pro Football Focus grades of Buffalo's fourth-year linebacker in the past five games:
- at Jets +2.1
- vs. Saints - 5.9
- at Chargers: -0.7
- at Chiefs: +1.6
- vs. Patriots: -1.6
On the year now, Brown has earned a -8.0 grade, which places him in the No. 67 spot among 86 qualifying linebackers in the NFL. Three of his 12 games have earned a positive PFF grade, and in five contests, he's received a positive run-stopping grade.
Last season, he played 1,065 snaps and finished with a -8.9 grade, which was the 73rd-best out of 87 qualifiers at his position. He had five games with a positive overall grade and six with a positive run-defense grade.
While he's been tremendous durable, consistency has clearly been his biggest issue during his time in Buffalo.
The Bills' Week 14 opponent, the Colts, own PFF's fifth-lowest team run-blocking grade as well as its fifth-lowest rushing grade, both of which should bode well for Brown and the rest of Buffalo's run defense.
(Grades courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)