The final player that fans should pay close attention to is a player who is likely to make his first career start in Jaquan Johnson. The Buffalo Bills are going to be going into unfamiliar territory without Jordan Poyer playing alongside Micah Hyde.
Poyer was ruled out on Friday due to an ankle injury suffered last week against Washington and the veteran is going to miss only his second game as a member of the Bills and his first since 2017.
Similar to what McDermott said about the replacement for Jon Feliciano, the Bills head coach wasn’t ready to commit to anyone replacing Poyer. The most likely candidate is Jaquan Johnson, who was a sixth round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2019. However, with how durable Poyer and Hyde have been he has played less than 120 snaps on defense.
While the coaching staff has had a chance to see Johnson in practice over the past few seasons, he still is to be considered an unknown with such limited playing time on defense. If Johnson plays well, this could answer one of the bigger lingering questions on this roster which was the depth at the safety position.