Matt Milano takes over starting WLB role for Bills

December 12, 2017

Matt Milano is now the starting weakside linebacker for the Bills.  Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier confirmed the lineup change while meeting with the media Monday afternoon.

The rookie takes over for Ramon Humber, who had been the starter at the position when he’s been healthy.  Milano got the start in Sunday’s win over the Indianapolis Colts, logging 51 of a possible 71 defensive snaps.  Humber played the other 20.

“We inserted him in the starting lineup (Sunday), and he did a terrific job,” Frazier said.  “We plan on, barring anything happening this week in practice, him starting again against our next opponent, Miami.”

In that game against the Colts, Milano led all players in both solo tackles with ten and total tackles with eleven.  Humber, who’s third on the team in tackles, did not record a stop.

Humber started the first four games of the season before suffering a hand injury.  He missed the next three contests while Milano started in his place.  The nine-year veteran returned to the lineup week nine, a Thursday night at the New York Jets.  Up to that point, Milano had only played special teams while Humber was out, but over the next five games he began to see snaps on defense, even with Humber in the lineup.

For the season, Milano, a fifth-round pick out of Boston College, has 29 tackles, a fumble recovery, and an interception returned for a touchdown.  He's also contributed six tackles and a forced fumble on special teams.

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