What makes Preston Brown better than Minter and Dansby?
Brown is a similar linebacker to that of Minter and Dansby. His best attributes are attacking the ball carrier and stuffing the run game. Leading the league in tackles last season with 144, Brown is always running towards the ball. Combining him with Burfict in the second level of the defense will no doubt improve the Bengals defense and make it hard for teams to especially run the ball with success.
Like Dansby, Brown might have to hold down the linebacker group for the Bengals as Burfict is facing another suspension at the beginning of the 2018 season. I have no doubt that Brown will make a huge impact and help cover up the holes in the defense if Burfict does end up missing games in 2018. Adding him next to Burfict will make for a true tackling machine unit.
Brown is the same type of linebacker as Minter and Dansby that the Bengals have been looking for to lock down the middle of the Cincinnati defense. His ability to attack the run game and always being involved in every play is exactly what the Bengals are looking for. A leader in the middle that can command the defense.
What makes Brown an upgrade over both Dansby and Minter from following years his age and durability. Brown, 25, is coming off his rookie deal and in his prime. While Dansby was a solid addition in the 2016 season, he had few years left as a productive linebacker at the age of now 36. Minter, 27, was a younger addition last year but was unable to stay on the field. Both players contributed and made impacts in the middle but did not bring the Bengals confidence in the future.