After quality play and limited time on the field, Matt Milano earned a start for the Bills next to Preston Brown at linebacker, the rookie fifth-round pick made the most of it.
He finished the game with 11 total tackles, (10 solo) which far and away led the team.
Milano also registered six "stops" against the Colts, which was the second-most among 59 qualifying linebackers in Week 14. (Pro Football Focus labels a "stop" as a tackle that constitutes a loss for the offense given the down and distance.)
The Boston College alum has now been on the field for 135 run snaps and has made 12 stops, which equates a run-stop percentage of 8.9, the ninth-best figure out of 38 qualifying 4-3 outside linebackers. He has 15 total stops on the season (counting those made in coverage).
Veteran Ramon Humber is right behind him tied for 10th with a run-stop percentage of 8.7. However, Milano has missed two tackles against the run. Humber has missed five on 196 run snaps.
In coverage against the Colts, Milano allowed six receptions on seven targets for 41 yards, which equated to a passer rating of 91.1. On the season, he's given up 18 receptions on 27 targets in his coverage area for 150 yards. He's surrendered one touchdown, has one pick, and one pass breakup. All that equates to a 77.7 quarterback rating, the fifth-lowest allowed by 87 qualifying linebackers.
Only six (qualifying) linebackers out of those 87 have allowed a lower catch rate than Milano's 66.7 percent.
(Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)
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