Bills training camp position series: Only competition battle at safety is for backup spots

Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer (21) hits a round tackling at ADPRO Sports Training Center in Orchard Park on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

Vic Carucci

This is the ninth in a series of previews of the Bills at each position heading into training camp. This installment focuses on safeties.

The Bills are approaching the cornerback position a bit differently so far this offseason.

Another year and one basic fact about the Buffalo Bills’ roster entering training camp rings true.

Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde form one of the best safety tandems in the NFL.

Though each is 30 years old and beginning his ninth season in the league, Poyer and Hyde are highly productive. During the regular season last year, Poyer had a career-high 119 tackles and two interceptions, while Hyde had 70 (second-most of his career) and an interception. In the playoffs, Poyer had 20 tackles and Hyde had 17.

Returnees: Micah Hyde, Jaquan Johnson, Jordan Poyer, Josh Thomas.

Newcomers: Damar Hamlin (draft), Tariq Thompson (undrafted free agent).

Departures: Dean Marlowe (Detroit).

With Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano as the centerpieces, the Bills focused on adding depth around them.

Key number: 4. The number of NFL defensive backs, including Hyde, with 17-plus interceptions and four-plus sacks since 2013. The others are Harrison Smith, Logan Ryan and Tryann Matthieu.

Top position battle: With the starting spots locked for the fifth straight season, the only competition is for two backup spots. The…

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