Are we beginning to notice a theme here?
Say what you will about the Bills’ actual success on the field, they have continually produced a top ranked defense almost every year of the past decade and the players on those teams have been dominant at times.
A long time teammate of the aforementioned Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus was part of a dominant defensive line unit that helped the Buffalo Bills to a winning record in 2014.
In terms of personal accolades, Dareus racked up plenty of those as well. In addition to an already successful college career at Alabama, the defensive tackle earned Pro Bowl nods in 2013 and 2014. He was named to the PFWA’s All-Rookie team in 2011 and earned a first team All-Pro nod in 2014.
Statistically, Dareus had the numbers to back up his individual accolades. He consistently produced 5 or more sacks each of his first four seasons in the league with a career high 10 sacks in 2014. Dareus also consistently made tackles for loss and was part of one of the league’s most tenured defensive lines.
Dareus was traded in mid-2017 to the Jaguars for a sixth round draft pick in 2018. It is unfortunate the Dareus never got to see the Bills playoff drought officially end, but his individual numbers speak for themselves.