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[BN] Blitz newsletter: What will the Bills' linebacking unit look like without Preston Brown?

The Bills' linebacking unit will be a position to keep an eye on during training camp.

First-round pick Tremaine Edmunds is expected to slot in at middle linebacker and has been playing with the starting defense in offseason activity. But he has big shoes to fill, replacing league-leading tackler Preston Brown, who signed with his hometown Cincinnati Bengals in free agency. Will Edmunds be able to be an every-down linebacker at 20 years old?

Matt Milano should be another starter after taking over for Ramon Humber midway through last season. Lorenzo Alexander is expected to be the other starter in the base 4-3 defense, but at age 35, "it’s worth wondering how many snaps make sense for him," Jay Skurski wrote. "The Bills could use Alexander as more of a designated pass rusher and contributor on special teams. Either way, he’s a respected team leader who can serve as a mentor to the younger players on the roster."

Player spotlight: Skurski put the spotlight on Milano, who had a strong rookie campaign after being a fifth-round draft pick. The Boston College product played a shade over 40 percent of the Bills' defensive snaps and should be in store for an increase this season.

Shady hosts youth camp: Bills running back LeSean McCoy was back in his hometown this week to host a camp for kids in Harrisburg, Pa. McCoy has always had a special connection with his home state – as evidenced when he kissed the Eagles logo at midfield prior the Bills' 2015 game in Philly – and he says people there can feel the connection, too. "When I go other places, they see me as LeSean McCoy. But, when I come here, they see me as 'Shady,' like I'm an older brother," he said.

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