Buffalo Bills: Early look at key training camp battles on defense

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ORCHARD PARK, NY – AUGUST 08: Darryl Johnson #92 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates during a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at New Era Field on August 8, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats Indianapolis 24 -16. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /

Defensive End

Efe Obada vs. Darryl Johnson

Speaking of defensive end, this is a position that runs out of spots rather quickly with Jerry Hughes, Mario Addison, and A.J. Epenesa at the top of the depth chart joined by first round pick Gregory Rousseau and second round pick Carlos Basham Jr.

This then leaves one spot left on the roster potentially if the Buffalo Bills elect to keep six defensive ends. This means the battle will likely come down to Efe Obada, who was signed as a free agent this offseason, and Darryl Johnson, who was a seventh round pick in 2019.

When looking at these two players, Obada is likely the better pass rusher at this point in their careers. He proved during his time with the Carolina Panthers he was an efficient pass rusher with 5.5 sacks on only 38% of the defensive snaps this past year.

However, Darryl Johnson has proven to be a valuable part of the special teams unit for the Bills and has played 66% and 58% of the special teams snaps in his first two years in the league.

The battle between these two players may end up coming down to who proves to be the better special teams player as snaps will likely be limited on defense with five players likely ahead of them on the depth chart.