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91 players in 91 days: Defensive end Mike Love

Wouldn’t it be nice if he could make the roster?

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The Buffalo Bills have plenty of defensive line depth. Heading into the 2020 season, it looks like the team will have some tough decisions to make regarding who stays and who goes. Buffalo has a nice mix of veteran talent and young players, but that very mix could make some of the decisions even more difficult.

In today’s edition of “91 players in 91 days,” we profile one of Buffalo’s young defensive linemen fighting for a roster spot.

Name: Mike Love
Number: 56
Position: DE
Height/Weight: 6’3”, 255 lbs.
Age: 26 (27 on 1/22/2021)
Experience/Draft: 2; signed as undrafted free agent with Buffalo following 2018 NFL Draft
College: South Florida
Acquired: Signed as UDFA on 4/28/18

Financial situation (per Spotrac): Love enters the final year of his rookie contract, a three-year pact worth a total of $1.71 million. If he makes the final roster in 2020, Love’s cap hit will be $675,000. None of that salary is guaranteed.

2019 Recap: After making his NFL debut over the course of the final month of the 2018 season, Love had a chance to make the team’s final roster in 2019. However, he was placed on injured reserve at the end of August thanks to a pectoral injury suffered against the Detroit Lions in the preseason. In three preseason games, he totaled five tackles.

Positional outlook: Love finds himself in a sea of competition this summer, with the defensive end group one of the most talent-rich on the roster. Trent Murphy, Jerry Hughes, Mario Addison, A.J. Epenesa, Darryl Johnson Jr., Bryan Cox Jr., and Jonathan Woodard make up the edge group, with Quinton Jefferson listed as a defensive lineman who can play both end and tackle.

2020 Offseason: Nothing new to report.

2020 Season outlook: Love is likely on the outside looking in, as there is just too much talent along the defensive line at this point. It would take an injury or a release to allow Love to leap-frog any of the presumed top five (Addison, Epenesa, Hughes, Jefferson, and Murphy) at the position, unless Love has an absolutely dominant preseason. It’s likely that the Bills will try to keep Love on the practice squad.