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Sep 18, 2011; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills rookie defensive end Marcell Dareus (99) reacts during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills defeated the Raiders 38-35. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

When will Marcell Dareus have his Breakout Season?

When the Buffalo Bills selected Marcell Dareus very early in the 1st round (3rd overall) of the 2011 draft many thought he could be that impact player we were looking for. Ever since we have been wondering how good he could be and if he’ll ever be that top tier player.

Dareus coming into his 3rd season as a Bill needs I think to really have a great season. I know from watching him somewhat in college and the NFL he definitely has all the talent and just now needs to show it. In no way has he been downright bad but some games I can remember wondering if he was even on the field. That being said he has managed 82 tackles and 11 sacks in first full 2 seasons. Hopefully he will be ready to compete from day 1 and really contribute. From all reports this defense will be revamped and a full go come week 1.

Let’s not forget Marcell had to go through a very tough time last season with the passing of his brother. He was one of three that were killed during a burglary in Pelham, Ala. With a tragedy like that to go through it puts a lot on one’s plate and not to miss anytime I thought was unbelievable. I know he’s on the team and has that to think about as well but wanting to come back to not miss any game time I commended him.

Taking a look at this upcoming season I think it could be a big one for Dareus. Either he comes through and shows what he could do or maybe we begin to hear the word no one wants to hear “bust”. Personally I think he will prove his value and have a good season. Early predictions for me would look something like this: 16gp, 40 tackles, 8 sacks, 1 int and 3 forced fumbles. Too much? Too little? What do you think?

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  • freak

    I don’t think Dareus will pick up any interceptions. If you watch him in games and replays, he tends not to break O-line blocks by using his hands, but rather using his mass by rolling his shoulders around and not letting opponents keep their hands on him (think about trying to move a dresser, that had round corners, up a flight a stairs, if the dresser kept on trying to jump out of your hands).

    This might imply that he’s not as good with his hands, which might affect forced fumbles as well. Hopefully I’m wrong about that, if I am, he probably has some passes batted down as well this year (something that I think he needs to learn a lot more about, you can tell Dareus is the type of player who pursues the QB or RB and doesn’t necessarily stop to think about “When is the QB going to throw the ball?” like JJ Watt does).

    Keep in mind he’s started all 32 of his possible games to play over his first two years in the league, so he’s probably been most focused on his durability and staying healthy. It’s a big leap from the college level. Hopefully he’s physically at a point where he can focus now on any weakness in technique, Pettine’s system and stacking up excellent performances week after week.

    I’d be happy with:

    16gp, 50 tackles, 6 sacks, 4 other tackles for loss, 3 batted passes, 2 forced fumbles.

  • NWBill

    Last year’s DL was a cast of distracted players, between Williams and his fiancee …. and Dareus with his family issues. The other factor to remember is that the defensive schemes the Bills ran last year (bend-but-try-not-to-break, courtesy of Dave Wannstedt) were a poor fit for Buffalo’s defensive talent. That’s why Mike Pettine may be the MOST important new defensive factor for Buffalo this year – his attacking style of defense is a MUCH better match for the type of players he’s now coaching (definitely better than his last team, the Jets). So, I think Dareus, Williams, et al, will blossom because of (a) the absence of off-field stuff, and (b) a coaching scheme that lets them max out their potential. Alex Carrington and Nigel Bradham are two other players that I think will shine this season! Throw in Alonzo and a restocked/redesigned backfield, and Buffalo should have a much improved defense!