Jags teammates look for Marcell Dareus to help against the run

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With Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, Dante Fowler and Malik Jackson on the roster, defensive line wasn’t an obvious need for the Jaguars, but they made a move for Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus late last week all the same.

Jackson said his initial thought was that the trade was a sign the team wasn’t happy with his play, but that taking a step back allowed him to “see what the team needs and what we’re lacking.” One thing they are lacking is good numbers against the run, where they are allowing opposing backs a league-high 5.2 yards per carry and where Campbell believes Dareus can help.

“I like this trade a lot,” Campbell said, via the Florida Times-Union. “I’ve studied [Dareus’] game since he came into the league [in 2011]. I always thought of him as a great player. He’s really good against both the run and the pass. One thing that I think is underappreciated is that he’s always around the ball in the run game. He has been clogging up holes and handling business for years.”

Even with their issues against the run, the Jaguars rank first in points allowed and sixth in yards allowed this season. If they are able to shore things up in that area with Dareus’ help, the trade will go down as a successful one.

7 responses to “Jags teammates look for Marcell Dareus to help against the run

  1. Nobody has a higher average rush against than the Jags, definitely something they need to get fixed soon.

  2. Give Dareus a month’s worth of honeymoon. After that, Haynesworth 2.0 will be alive and well in Jax..

  3. Be happy they did not trade for a legit QB. They are a legit football team, missing a consistent quarterback. Fournette and Ivory is an excellent 1-2 punch. Their defense is Nasty. They should be strong contenders next season. Watch out AFC.

  4. “I like this trade a lot,” Campbell said

    I haven’t heard anything from Dareus that he’s happy to be in Jax. All I’ve heard him say is he can’t believe he’s no longer in Buffalo.

  5. whenwilliteverend says:
    November 1, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    “I like this trade a lot,” Campbell said

    I haven’t heard anything from Dareus that he’s happy to be in Jax. All I’ve heard him say is he can’t believe he’s no longer in Buffalo.

    I think that is implied. He will be shocked how nice the winter is too compared to Buffalo shortly.

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