5 Buffalo Bills on roster bubble who helped themselves against the Lions

Detroit Lions fullback Jason Cabinda (45) makes a catch behind Buffalo Bills linebacker Andre Smith (59) during the first half of the preseason game at Ford Field in Detroit on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021.
Detroit Lions fullback Jason Cabinda (45) makes a catch behind Buffalo Bills linebacker Andre Smith (59) during the first half of the preseason game at Ford Field in Detroit on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. /
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Detroit Lions quarterback Tim Boyle (12) is tackled by Buffalo Bills defensive end Darryl Johnson (92) during the second half of the preseason game at Ford Field in Detroit on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. /

Darryl Johnson

The defensive end position is one of the most competitive roster battles the Buffalo Bills have in training camp this year. The Bills added Greg Rousseau, Carlos Basham Jr., and Efe Obada to a group that already included Jerry Hughes, Mario Addison, and A.J. Epenesa.

This meant that it was looking likely that Darryl Johnson, who had been with the team the past two years, was likely on the outside looking in. The first two years with the Bills, Johnson had developed into a key part of special teams but didn’t make much of an impact on defense.

On Friday night, Johnson showed some great growth and made impact plays on the defensive side of the ball. He finished the game with two total tackles and one sack.

When defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier met with the media on Monday, he said the team is pleased with his development at defensive end.

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The question is whether it will be enough to earn a roster spot this year but there is no question that Darryl Johnson is going to give the coaching staff a tough decision when it comes to roster cutdowns.