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Spotlight on: G Colin Brown

By Jay Skurski

Colin Brown's grasp on a starting job with the Buffalo Bills could be tenuous.

Brown has struggled in the Bills' first three games -- and that's putting it nicely.

The website Pro Football Focus, which grades every play of every NFL game, has Brown graded as the worst starting guard in all of the NFL. Brown's pass blocking efficiency, which is a metric used by PFF, is 89.1 and he's accounted for 18 of the offensive line's 35 pressures allowed, according to the site.

Since PFF started handing out grades in 2008, Brown's cumulative season grade is the second-worst ever recorded.

With a matchup against hulking Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata on tap Sunday, Brown's performance will again be in the spotlight. The matchup will take on even more significance for Brown because the player he was competing with for the starting left guard job during training camp, Doug Legursky, is probable to play Sunday as he nears his return from a knee injury that has kept him out the first three weeks of the season.

Another poor performance from Brown could result in a change to Legursky along the Bills' offensive line. Ngata, 29, is 6-foot-3, 340-pounder in his eighth NFL season. He's a rock in the middle of the Ravens' defensive line, and will require a double team by the Bills on most plays (with Brown being joined by center Eric Wood). 


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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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