With the starting safety jobs already locked down with two star safeties, Johnson will have to make his hay in 2020 as a primary backup to free safety Micah Hyde.
Johnson likely won’t see many (if any) snaps on defense next season, but he does have a chance to take over for Dean Marlowe as the third safety.
Marlowe played about 10 percent of the snaps on defense last season (excluding the last game of the regular season when Buffalo rested their starters). Johnson would be getting some meaningful snaps on defense if he would take over, even in a limited role.
Another developmental year for Johnson is in the cards, if he does get that third safety spot he will see enough snaps to get exposure and become more comfortable with the NFL game. If Johnson can be impressive on the field again he may force the Bills hand into handing him a bigger role on defense in the future.
Some people calling for the Bills to get Johnson on the field in 2020, though it won’t happen in any significant capacity the tape is exciting:
Look for Johnson to push Marlowe but is still destined for a backup safety role, likely to make the team due to his potential and solid play on special teams.