Milano trying to take advantage of his opportunity in Buffalo

October 30, 2017
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When the Buffalo Bills drafted Matt Milano with the 163rd overall pick in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, not many had expected him to have any type of immediate impact on the first-team defense. With the injury bug hitting linebacker Ramon Humber after the Bills' Week 4 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons, Milano got his chance to get some respectable playing time.

Milano got his first career start in the National Football League on Sunday, and was a big contributor to the Bills' 34-14 win over the Oakland Raiders at New Era Field. Milano finished the day with four tackles, a forced fumble on special teams, and a fumble recovery that was returned 40-yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter.

"It was pretty surreal to be honest," Milano said with Howard Simon and Jeremy White on WGR Monday morning. "I give a lot of credit to Leonard [Johnson], who made an outstanding play to get that ball out."

The 6' 0" and 223-pound linebacker out of Boston College has put some decent numbers in the first seven games of his career, collecting 19 tackles, a pass defended, and an interception. The 23-year old feels that things have gone relatively well in his first season with the Bills.

"I think I've been doing a solid job so far," Milano said. "There's a lot of things I've got to correct, as we all do, but to come in and make some plays definitely felt good.

"Each week it has gotten a little easier, but I think it's just more of the process and taking it day-by-day during the week and really focusing in on what [the opposition does] and try to take that on the field on Sundays."

Through the first seven games of the season, the Bills defense has performed admirably, leading the NFL with 17 takeaways and allowing the second fewest points against this season. Even though the defense ranks 22nd overall in the NFL, it has had a huge rule in the Bills' early season success and their 5-2 record.

Milano credits the defense's success to the work and preparation that is put in week-after-week for each opponent they face.

"The whole process during the week, the way we practice and prepare for the game' the preparation is the most important part, and then just going out there and executing on Sundays is supposed to be the easy part... The more you prepare for the week, the more easier it is on Sundays.

"We attack every day with a playoff mentality; a playoff caliber mentality and we just come out and work. If you take your foot off the pedal, things go downhill, but we're keeping our foot down on the pedal and we're going up."

You can listen to Milano's entire interview below: