Buffalo Bills: 4 Players they can’t risk putting on their practice squad
By Daniel Bruce
Darryl Johnson, Defensive End
Darryl Johnson was a seventh-round pick from North Carolina A&T in the 2019 NFL Draft and was an integral part of the Bills last season; contributing on both special teams and on the defensive side of the ball. Standing at 6’6″ and 253 pounds, the small school standout has the physical makeup that the Bills love at the defensive end position, along with his near 34 inch arms.
Despite pedestrian production with only 13 tackles and 1 sack, Johnson showed a lot of promise and will have to gain some strength in the offseason to avoid getting pushed off the ball so early on the edge. Johnson played about 21.72% of defensive snaps while playing an impressive 66.91% of snaps on special teams which placed second on the team.
The Buffalo Bills must think a lot of the second-year player since he appeared in every game last season, while playing some crucial snaps. Johnson was raw coming out of North Carolina A&T and with one successful season in Buffalo, I can’t see them leaving him off the initial 53-man roster.
Other teams would certainly take notice to Johnson and one team would likely take the flyer on the talented defensive end. The Buffalo Bills can’t run the chance of losing the talented defensive end and special teams regular to another team off the practice squad.