Buffalo Bills’ Jaquan Johnson at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park Wednesday, June 2, 2021.
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Dean Marlowe had all the makings of a Sean McDermott guy, the kind of player who figured to remain a staple of his team for a relatively long time.
Marlowe was an outstanding special-teams player for the Buffalo Bills, but he also made his presence felt as a safety while backing up Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde, two of the NFL’s best at the safety position.
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.
Then, in April, after three seasons with the Bills, Marlowe, who had been with the Carolina Panthers while McDermott was their defensive coordinator, signed with the Detroit Lions as an unrestricted free agent.
It was a notable loss, despite Poyer and Hyde taking 80% of the safety snaps. However, the Bills have every reason to feel they have a solid replacement in Jaquan Johnson, who they made a sixth-round draft pick from the University of Miami in 2019.
How much of a McDermott guy is Johnson? He was a two-time championship wrestler in high school in Miami. McDermott has a fondness for players who were wrestlers, because he was a standout in the sport in high school.
With Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano as the…