Preston Brown sees firsthand just how much work rookie linebacker Matt Milano puts in.
"We're roommates on the road, so I see him in his playbook all night," Brown said Sunday after the Buffalo Bills' 34-14 win over the Oakland Raiders at New Era Field.
Milano played a big part in the win, returning a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to put the Bills up, 14-7, before halftime.
"He's doing a great job, finding the ball, scoring touchdowns, getting picks," Brown said. "He's doing something every week, so it's great to have a playmaker back there. That was definitely a turn in the game right there."
Milano was in perfect position to secure the ball after cornerback Leonard Johnson knocked it away from Raiders running back DeAndre Washington. After that, he was off to the races.
"The ball was up and I saw it and I made a play," Milano said. "It just happened so fast. I really wasn't thinking anything. I was just excited to score and help my team win."
The Bills recorded at least three takeaways for the fourth straight game, the longest such active streak in the NFL.
"It's just happening for me now," Milano said. "I think it's happening for everybody on our defense, that we're just always trying to get the ball out. ... It's definitely contagious, once somebody gets one, then everybody's trying to get one, you know?"
Milano made his third career start in place of the injured Ramon Humber. The team's coaching staff has maintained that Humber will get his starting role back when healthy, but coach Sean McDermott was asked Sunday if it will be tough to take Milano out.
"Matt looked like, at least on the surface, he had a big game," McDermott said. "The great part about Matt is he continues to learn and make big-time jumps in between one outing to another outing. He's made the most of his opportunity and that's, you know, I love those hard decisions. Ramon's a good football player. It's a good thing for us, a good problem to have, and when you're developing young players that are getting significant playing-time experience, that's big."