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3 unheralded playmakers in OTAs

Posted Jun 13, 2014

While everyone knows players like Sammy Watkins and Brandon Spikes, less heralded players also turned heads.

Buffalo’s organized team activities wrapped up on Thursday, and while everyone knows players like Sammy Watkins, Corey Graham and Brandon Spikes made very good first impressions there were some less heralded players who also turned in perhaps more plays than onlookers were expecting.

Here now are three unheralded players - Preston Brown, Caleb Holley, and Kenny Ladler - who showed up more on the practice field than initially anticipated.

Preston Brown

Buffalo third-round pick is probably not going to land a starting role with veteran Brandon Spikes in front of him at middle linebacker, but his athleticism could get him a nickel linebacker role alongside Kiko Alonso if he plays well when the pads go on.

Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has already mentioned Brown as a solid player and his play in OTAs was solid. He showed a nose for the ball and also had a couple of interceptions over the last few weeks. If that continues in training camp Brown could have a bigger role than some might think in 2014.

Caleb Holley

A month ago he was a tryout player in rookie minicamp from East Central (Oklahoma). His knack for getting separation earned him a contract, and that ability to separate from defenders has continued. He’s not dominating or taking over practices by any means, but he’s popping up in practice and turning in a play here and there almost every day.

For a player that far down on the depth chart it could be enough to land a practice squad role come September.

Kenny Ladler

There have been a couple of defensive backs further down the depth chart who have made plays like Mario Butler and Michael Carter, but Ladler has been the most consistent of the undrafted rookie DBs to this point.

He’s frequently around the ball and appears to have a high football IQ. He also has made a few interceptions through the course of OTA practices and could land a role as a reserve safety with a strong training camp.