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Bills Bubble Watch: Randell Johnson

(Continuing a month-long series analyzing Buffalo Bills players who are on the roster bubble and where they potentially fit in 2014.)

Name: Randell Johnson

Position: Linebacker

Age: 23

2013 stats: 12 games, 41 tackles, 2.5 sacks -- at Florida Atlantic

Chance of making 53-man roster: 75 percent

Why he should make it: Kiko Alonso's season-ending injury means Johnson has a strong chance of cracking the roster. Right now, we'd peg him as the sixth and final linebacker on the roster. He was a special teams demon at FAU and figures to make his mark in that area with the Bills. The team may also try him as a defensive end in training camp. He ran through some drills with that unit at one point in OTAs. Either way, he makes for an ideal developmental player on the back end of the roster.

Why he shouldn't make it: When the Bills traded a sixth-round pick for Mike Williams back in April, general manager Doug Whaley said he believed a player drafted in that round may have trouble making the team this season. If that's true, then Johnson, as a seventh-round pick, is naturally on the bubble. The scenario where we feel he could get pushed off the roster is if the Bills see quicker development this summer from one of their undrafted rookie linebackers -- Jimmy Gaines or Darrin Kitchens -- and they give that player the nod over Johnson. The Bills may be able to get Johnson back on their practice squad.

Closest competition: Ty Powell, Gaines, Kitchens