Marcell Dareus: “I have something to prove” this year

AP

Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has invited the skepticism of his fans, by missing time and being inconsistent.

But after returning from a hamstring injury that cost him a few days of camp practices, the veteran lineman said he wasn’t worried about the negativity.

“I don’t even think about them; I have no time, I have no space in my mind,” Dareus said, via Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News. “I have a season, I have to get prepared for my teammates, and I know they’re doing the best for me. I’m just going to continue to put one foot in front of the other, and just stay focused.”

The spotlight shines a little brighter Dareus because of his contract and the expectations the money brings. And last year, he fell far short of those expectations, missing eight games because of a suspension and injuries.

“I have something to prove to myself and to my teammates and the fans,” Dareus said. “I just want to do my best. Me doing my best I know is good enough.”

The early returns from the new coaching staff have been positive, and if he’s on the field and focused he has shown he can be a dominant player. Now staying there is the issue, and a short-term hamstring pull seems to have taken care of itself.

9 responses to “Marcell Dareus: “I have something to prove” this year

  1. Fantastic talent – but his heart just isn’t it.

    Dude has been paid real well to underperform so far – he’s also had Wrecks Ryan as a HC, so I do have some sympathy.

  2. Fantastic talent – but his heart just isn’t it.

    Dude has been paid real well to underperform so far – he’s also had Wrecks Ryan as a HC, so I do have some sympathy.

  3. Having the D line play on the line instead of dropping back in coverage should help not only Dareus, but the whole defense. Hopefully, they can get back to Pre-Rex levels
    where they led the league in sacks and were second in turnovers.

  4. Dareus always has hammy issues when he first gets into practices because he is not prepared – he starts training with camp. Last year he came back after a 4 game suspension and immediately pulled the hammy because he was sitting around. At least he has avoided suspension so far and gotten the beginning of training hammy pull out of the way already this year. He may actually have a good season. If you can’t tell, I am disappointed in this guy. I bet that Airdyne he is riding in the picture is being pedaled so slowly you can even feel a breeze from the fan/wheel…..

  5. He’s already proven so much. The jills are idiots for giving so much money to a lazy player and jills fans are idiots for hoping that the 19 year playoff drought will end.

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