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• Buffalo's acquisitions of Marcus Stroud and Kawika Mitchell garnered headlines, but the unheralded signing of defensive tackle Spencer Johnson may be the biggest reason the Bills' defense dramatically improves next season. Johnson -- signed away from the Vikings for five years and $17 million -- gives the Bills a quick interior tackle with the explosiveness to be a disruptive player at the "one" or "three" technique.
Johnson excels as a run defender but has developed better-than-average pass rush skills as an interior player. With Stroud occupying double teams on the other side, Johnson's versatile set of skills should allow the Bills to control the middle of the line, while freeing linebackers Mitchell and Paul Posluszny to shoot gaps against the run. The Bills' defense ranked 31st in yards allowed last season, but that should change with Johnson and Stroud controlling the middle. "
To be honest, all I knew about Spencer Johnson was what I was able to read as free agency started, but I have to admit I'm intruiged. Generally, when a guy doesn't start, I wonder why another team would be so eager to sign him. In this case, though, it looks like Spencer Johnson just continues to get better and better as a player, has a high motor and work ethic, and was playing behind some pretty good players. Also, more than a few Vikings fans have expressed regret at his being signed away, noting he was a promising player.
I also like that he isn't being signed to do more than he is capable of. With John McCargo and Marcus Stroud, Johnson will be asked to be part of a rotation, nothing more. If he can be effective, that will allow the Bills to spell Stroud a bit more frequently, sparing some wear and tear on that ankle. I'm no scout, but this signing certainly appears to have the making of a solid, under-the-radar upgrade.