Buffalo Bills: Predicting the DL depth chart entering training camp
By Aaron Tully
Darryl Johnson (DE)
Darryl Johnson has largely been a special teams player for the Buffalo Bills in his two years with the team. He has had limited snaps on defense (21 percent in 2019 and 22 percent in 2020) and has not produced much in those snaps. Johnson has recorded just two sacks and 29 combined tackles in his first 31 games. Due to the sudden influx of depth at the defensive end for the Bills, he is looking at a spot on the practice squad if he doesn’t wildly outperform Efe Obada.
Mike Love (DE)
Mike Love has bounced back and forth between the practice squad and 53 man roster for the Bills since signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2018. Love was on injured reserve for all of 2019 and played just one game in 2020. Love has played just four games in his three years with the Bills and has recorded seven combined tackles in those games. Love is likely a practice squad player in 2021.
Bryan Cox Jr. (DE)
Bryan Cox Jr. is the son of former Dolphins, Jets, and Patriots linebacker Bryan Cox. Cox Jr has recorded just half of a sack and 31 tackles in 26 career games. He recorded just one for the Bills last season in their Week 6 matchup against the Chiefs. Cox Jr. suffered an achilles injury during minicamp and was subsequently placed on IR, meaning he will not play at all in 2021.
Treyvon Hester (DT)
Treyvon Hester is known for one thing; he was the one who deflected Cody Parkey’s kick on the infamous double doink in the 2018 Wild Card round matchup between the Eagles and the Bears. Hester did not play in 2020, and almost certainly will not be on the Bills roster in 2021.
Brandin Bryant (DT)
Brandin Bryant has played five career games, including one for the Bills. He played seven snaps for Buffalo in their Week 8 win over New England, recording one of his four career tackles. At best, Bryant will be on the practice squad.
Eli Ankou (DT)
Eli Ankou entered the NFL with the Jaguars in 2017, recording 15 tackles and 1.5 sacks in nine games as a rotational member of the revered “Sacksonville” defense. Since then, Ankou has recorded just 16 combined tackles since then and hasn’t recorded a single sack. Ankou is likely just a training camp/preseason body for the Bills.