Marcell Dareus eager to get back in uniform

Marcell Dareus eager to get back in uniform



He sought the help he felt he needed to improve his outlook on life and make better decisions during his four week suspension. Now Marcell Dareus is ready to be a dominant force on the field again.


Marcell Dareusicon-article-link is six-year NFL veteran. He knows full well the kind of temperament and intensity one must have when practicing against teammates. In his first practice back Wednedsay, Dareus stacked and shed the center and had the running back dead to rights in the backfield. In a game he would’ve pancaked the back, but he pulled up in time to simply chest bump the back in reverse sending him back to where he took the hand-off. It’s safe to say that Buffalo’s gifted defensive tackle is back.

“I’m pretty eager and they can tell by the way I practiced today with the guys,” said Dareus following practice Wednesday. “I’m pretty eager right now. I have a lot of pent up aggression. I’m just ready to go. I can say that much.”

Watching the Bills first four games of the season, particularly the first two, was supremely difficult for Dareus. He felt he could’ve helped. He said it ‘ate at him.’ Dareus considers his teammates his second family. They’re not hangers on and they don’t ask for hand-outs. They supported him and kept in touch with him while he was busy improving his personal outlook.

“They constantly kept me in the loop and they just said, ‘Marcell, we’ve got your back. We can’t wait for you to get back. Just be ready when you get here.’ It meant a lot to me.”

Dareus worked with a life coach and spent some quality time with Bills Hall of Famer Bruce Smith feeling he was in need of some guidance in making better off the field decisions and learning to tell people, ‘No.’

“I’m just happy with what I did over the four weeks,” said Dareus. “I was really proactive to better myself. I did exactly what I wanted to do. I’m happy with what I’ve done and I’m happy for the future. I’m optimistic for the future.”