AFC East safety rooms ranked from worst to best in 2023

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1) Buffalo Bills

Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer, Taylor Rapp, Damar Hamlin

While some things have changed at the safety position in the AFC East, the Buffalo Bills still remain atop the division with Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer returning for at least one more season in Western New York.

These two players signed as free agents in 2017 and have been a cornerstone to the Bills' defense over that time. However, it seemed like it might come to an end with Poyer set to be a free agent but he returned to Buffalo on a two-year deal.

One big change this season is the depth the team has at the position. As mentioned previously, the depth was largely unproven due to Hyde and Poyer not missing much time. That changed last season with Hyde missing the rest of the season after a neck injury in Week 2.

This opened the door for Damar Hamlin to get significant snaps prior to his season-ending injury in Week 17. He didn't play at the same level as Hyde but showed he was effective as a starter.

Alongside Hamlin, the Bills would bring in Taylor Rapp as a free agent this offseason. The former second round pick is an experienced safety with 48 career starts and really solidified this position.