Marcell Dareus: Going to Jaguars “changed my life”

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Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus sees himself as “an outsider trying to help” the Jaguars after an October trade that sent him from Buffalo to Jacksonville, but says going to Jacksonville has already helped him.

Dareus had some good moments on the field in his six-plus seasons with the Bills after they took him in the first round of the 2011 draft, which explains why they gave him a six-year deal in 2015. He also ran into off-field trouble several times, which explains why they were willing to deal him for what’s turned out to be a fifth-round pick.

Dareus was suspended twice for violations of the substance abuse policy and sent home from a preseason game last year for violating team rules, but there have been no issues since his arrival in Jacksonville.

“This organization has changed my life,” Dareus said, via the Florida Times-Union. “They’ve done such great things so far, I just don’t want to mess anything up. I’m just overjoyed for the opportunity to play.”

It’s a small sample size for Dareus given his short time in Jacksonville, but there have been positives on the field as well. The Jaguars’ run defense has improved since Dareus arrived and Calais Campbell says his fellow newcomer on the defensive line “fits in very naturally.” 

Still, Dareus feels he’s “earning my respect with these guys.” A strong showing in Pittsburgh this weekend would help on that front.

15 responses to “Marcell Dareus: Going to Jaguars “changed my life”

  1. C’mon man! Who you fooling? You signed the big contract and went straight into Albert Hayneworth mode! Play on the field was spotty, that’s if you weren’t injured and then got popped for substance abuse. What is Jacksonville doing that Buffalo didn’t? Maybe you realize you’re auditioning for the rest of that contract and Coughlin doesn’t give money away.

  2. the jaguars sat him down with leonard and had that BUGA philosophy explained to him – being united generates attitude – understand? yes you need to be a savage but you have to work as a team. not too many teams got a leader who understands this. Leonard Fournette though? yes he understands baddest man in the league

  3. I’m not buying it. He is just now realizing his big, fat contract is anything but guaranteed. Next year is essentially a contract year since nothing is guaranteed after 2018. He is due to make $8.335M in 2019, $12.35M in 2020 and $12.4M in 2021. Unless he plays well in 2018 there’s no way he’ll be on the team in 2019 and regardless of how he plays I seriously doubt he’ll be around in 2020–not at $12.35M. I hope he saved some of his $25M signing bonus. He’s likely only going to have one more year on that contract before they ask him to renegotiate or they cut him.

  4. He also went on to say, thank God I don’t have to keep pretending to like the Bills mafia….. buncha fools.

  5. zoxitic says:
    January 10, 2018 at 11:56 am
    He also went on to say, thank God I don’t have to keep pretending to like the Bills mafia….. buncha fools.
    _______________________________________________
    Go to a game where there is Bills fans…and I dare you to say that fool garbage to one single fan… $50 says they put you through a folding table. BTW, It doesn’t even have to be in Buffalo, we travel well. #BillsMafia

  6. Having met the new owner of the BUFFALO Bills on a few occasions ( in 2009) ,
    I am sure that he would have done everything he could have..in order to
    support and help any and all of his players.
    I amazed at how some players can be so selfish. You get players
    like this that put together one or two good years and get rewarded, then
    only to slack off.
    I am also amazed that when a player gets suspended for off the field issues
    and is injured then puts one season together in his last year of his contract
    and pretends he should be paid like a top 5 player at his position.

  7. As a Pats fan in some ways the Jags worry me the most of the remaining AFC teams. You can be sure if they beat the Steelers that Coughlin will have a hand in game planning against the Pats. It was his game plans and ability to get his players to give their greatest performances that led the Giants to winning the 2 Super Bowls against New England.

  8. EJ says:

    January 10, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    zoxitic says:
    January 10, 2018 at 11:56 am
    He also went on to say, thank God I don’t have to keep pretending to like the Bills mafia….. buncha fools.
    _______________________________________________
    Go to a game where there is Bills fans…and I dare you to say that fool garbage to one single fan… $50 says they put you through a folding table. BTW, It doesn’t even have to be in Buffalo, we travel well. #BillsMafia””

    Yea he’ll have to wait until next year to test your theory, as the BillsMafia is currently sitting home watching the playoffs on TV. Enjoy winter in Buffalo!

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