Marcell Dareus on drop in playing time: I have to play my role

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The Bills have made it clear that they’ll make heavy use of running back LeSean McCoy in order to win games this season, but they aren’t making the same kind of promises when it comes to defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.

While Dareus takes up more of the salary cap than any other player in Buffalo, he only played 34 snaps on defense — 59 percent of the team’s total — in the team’s season-opening win over the Jets and coach Sean McDermott used the same “what it takes to win” explanation for why Dareus was off the field so often as he did for why McCoy could play every snap in a given game. Dareus admitted it was challenging to get into a rhythm against the Jets and ended the game without a tackle, but said he’s on board with what the Bills are doing.

“It’s a new regime, and the way we’re doing this, I’m only one piece of the whole puzzle,” Dareus said. “I have to play my role. I’m going to do it to the best of my ability. It’s not about me. I’m just going to do what I have to do for the best of the team. They’re doing what’s best for the whole team. It’s not necessarily for me and how many reps I get. Like I said, I’m only one piece. We’re going to do whatever we can.”

The move back to the 4-3 this season seemed to bode well for a player who had 28.5 sacks in four years before Rex Ryan was hired as the Bills’ coach, but Dareus was off the field for most third downs. That’s a pretty clear sign that money won’t determine playing time and that Dareus may have some work to do when it comes to winning over that new regime.

10 responses to “Marcell Dareus on drop in playing time: I have to play my role

  1. Play him even less. Having him on tge fkeld is a bigger waste of money than having him sit. Best example from the Jets game was in the McCown touchdown sneak. Tgey ran it right at Dareus, who was four yards deep in the end zone by the time McCown got in. Dude reminds me of Joe Barry Carroll, whose apt nickname I believe was Joe Barely Cares. Lots of ability, limited motivation to use it.

  2. Reason 1A why all pro atheletes should not have guaranteed contracts. 90% of working class society works day to day based on performance. And here we have a 16mil a yr man complaining over a new regime? Eliminate guaranteed contracts or make the max 2 yrs.

    Here ia a solution for you Marcel because we all know you arent happy in Buffalo. Walk into the front office with your agent and contract in hand. Shred it. Do whats right and allow the Bills to move on, then you can find a regime that accepts your low standards.

  3. This isn’t something new… since OTA’s, the plan was to have a heavy rotation on the DL. All through the summer, pre-season, the d-line was shuffled in and out. I have no idea why this is news now.

  4. It is absolutely incredible to me how dumb some of the Bills fanbase is. Do I think the Bills are going to the playoffs this year? No. But is it possible that the new regime realized they were playing possibly the worst team in the league? Is it possible they would like to keep their best defensive player healthy for all 16 games? Why play him 100% of the snaps against a team they handled pretty easily when they didn’t need to? Everyone take a deep breath, Marcell will be used when needed and hopefully he performs up to his contract, guy is a heck of a player when he wants to be and I personally think he will show that this year.

  5. joetoronto says:

    September 14, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Just another bust pick by the lowly Bills.

    Oh, Buffalo.
    The bust is the 8 ID Welfare troll living in his parents basement and trolling Bills threads 24/7. Oh, your parents must be so proud of a 60 year old loser.

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