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Buffalo Bills' Darryl Johnson is making waves this preseason

By Thomas Frank Carr
Aug 21, 2019
Buffalo Bills

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When the Buffalo Bills selected small-school prospect Darryl Johnson out of North Carolina A&T with the 225th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, it did not register on the radar of most fans. Yet, two games into the preseason and Johnson is already making waves at Bills training camp and on the field. In the Bills’ Week 2 win over the Carolina Panthers, Johnson tallied two pressures and a sack on 20 pass rushes, earning a 92.1 pass-rushing grade. Through two weeks of the preseason, Johnson is the highest-graded Bills defender and has an elite pass-rushing grade of 90.5. It’s early, but there is a lot to like about the rookie edge defender. The natural question is, why was Johnson passed over on draft day?

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