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Marcell Dareus

25-Year-Old Defensive Tackle – Buffalo Bills

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Dareus is one of the league's most prolific defensive tackles. Despite playing just 678 snaps last season, Dareus had a career-high 10 sacks. His tackles fell, but he showed 70-tackle upside the year ...

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2015 ADP:  178.77

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  8

HT: 6' 3"   WT: 331   DOB: 11/18/1989  College: Alabama  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract


Marcell Dareus Contract Information:

Dareus signed a six-year, $108 million extension with the Bills in September 2015.

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Dareus (suspension) signed a six-year, $108 million extension with the Bills on Thursday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

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Marcell Dareus NFL Stats
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  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2011 21 Buf 16 43 32 11 5.5 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2012 22 Buf 16 39 26 13 5.5 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2013 23 Buf 16 71 46 25 7.5 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2014 24 Buf 15 49 36 13 10 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2015 25 Buf 2 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Marcell Dareus – Playing Time Overview

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#1 Defensive Tackle
  1. Marcell Dareus
  2. Corbin Bryant
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Snap Count Stats


Defensive Snaps in 2015

Marcell Dareus was on the field for 116 of his team's snaps on defense in 2015.


Special Teams Snaps in 2015

Marcell Dareus was on the field for 1 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2015.

Year Def ST
2013 793 76
2014 678 57
2015 116 1
Marcell Dareus 2015 Game Log
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  Snap Count Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
1 Ind
2 NE 68 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 @Mia 48 1 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 NYG 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 @Ten
6 Cin
7 @Jax
8 BYE Bye Week
9 Mia
10 @NYJ
11 @NE
12 @KC
13 Hou
14 @Phi
15 @Was
16 Dal
17 NYJ

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Marcell Dareus  (View College Stats & News)
As Compared To Other Defensive Tackles
Height:   6' 3"
Weight:   331 lbs
40-Yard Dash:   4.93 sec
Shuttle Time:   4.62 sec
Cone Drill
Not Available
Arm Length:   33.38 in
Hand Length:   10.13 in
Vertical Jump:   27 in
Broad Jump
Not Available
Bench Press:   24 reps
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Marcell Dareus: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Dareus (suspension) will not play Saturday due to a sore leg, Mike Rodak of reports.

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Dareus (suspension), who is entering the last season of his current contract, is unhappy with the Bills' latest offer to keep him, The Buffalo News reports. "We’re still waiting," Dareus said following Thursday's preseason win. "I feel like they don't want me here as bad as I want to be here, as bad as the fans and my team wants me here. I feel like they're saying, 'Whatever. You come a dime a dozen."

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These type of feelings usually die down pretty quickly assuming the two sides can work something out, and we doubt they'll have an effect on him either way should they linger well into the season. For now, Dareus enters the season healthy as part of one of the league's most formidable defensive lines, though remember he'll be sitting out the opener vs. Indy due a league-imposed one-game suspension.
Dareus has been suspended for the Bills' season opener for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, reports.

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While Dareus -- who recorded 49 tackles and 10 sacks in 15 games last season -- can participate in the team's offseason program and preseason action, the Pro Bowler won't be eligible to suit up for Week 1, putting him on track to make his regular season debut on Sept. 20 against the Patriots.
Despite reaching a plea agreement to have misdemeanor charges dropped, Dareus may receive punishment from the NFL for a June 2014 incident in which he was originally accused of racing teammate Jerry Hughes, reports.

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Dareus pleaded guilty to a pair of traffic violations, and he promised to host a free football camp over the summer. While this doesn't seem like something that would typically warrant a suspension from the league, Dareus was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana just four weeks before he crashed his car. He agreed to enter the NFL's substance-abuse program and wasn't suspended, but he did spend two weeks away from the team during minicamp. Things went much better for the former No. 3 overall draft pick once the season began, as he notched 48 tackles and 10 sacks, further establishing himself as one of the NFL's top interior pass rushers. Dareus is heading into the final season of his rookie contract, and the Bills will likely try to get him signed before Week 1.
Dareus, who missed the Week 17 win over New England, has been cleared to play in the Pro Bowl, reports.

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Dareus (knee) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game in New England, according to Joe Buscaglia of

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While the Bills have won just one time in their last 22 games against the Patriots and would probably enjoy beating them on the road, there's no use risking Dareus' health in a game that means very little to either team. The defensive tackle will finish the season with 48 tackles and 10 sacks, numbers good enough to get him into the Pro Bowl.

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Make sure to monitor the status of Dareus' league discipline situation closer to the start of the season – he was arrested for allegedly possessing synthetic marijuana in May – but if he plays 16 games he has the potential to offer DL1 upside in some formats. He established himself as one of the league's elite real-life defensive tackles last year, breaking out for 71 tackles and 7.5 sacks. He logged 5.5 sacks in each of his first two pro seasons, so his total of 7.5 doesn't look like a fluke. Buffalo runs an uptempo offense, which means the Bills tend to log play counts above the average, affording Dareus more chances to pile up stats than many or most defensive tackles.


Dareus still has time to become the dominant defensive tackle he was envisioned to be when drafted #3 overall in 2011, but he's not there yet. Off-the-field concerns limited his effectiveness in 2012. There is some doubt that he will ever be a top shelf IDP option, though there is undeniable upside.


As a huge, stout and strong tackle possessing rare athleticism for someone with a 6-3, 340-pound frame, Dareus would normally be an obvious candidate for every-down double teams. But with Mark Anderson and Mario and Kyle Williams playing next to him, opposing offenses might have no choice but to leave Dareus in one-on-one blocking, much to the benefit of Dareus' IDP owners. Dareus' 43 tackles (32 solo) and 5.5 sacks last year certainly do not jump off the page, but he's a lock to improve those numbers since he will have all that talent joining him in 2012. It also does not hurt that Buffalo is switching to a primarily four-man front, leaving offenses with less blocking resources on the interior. We'll note that Dareus will primarily play defensive tackle this season after serving as both a DE and DT in 2011, so there's probably a limit to how high his stats can go, but defensive coordinator does like to use his tackles as playmakers and not just gap fillers. If your league makes you choose DT as its own position, Dareus should be a good one this season.


Buffalo linemen have been known to be solid IDP options, and Dareus, the third overall pick in April's NFL Draft, has more talent than your usual Bills lineman. He figures to displace Spencer Johnson in the starting lineup, and Johnson totaled 55 tackles (41 solo) in just 14 games last year. Dareus doesn’t figure to have much of an effect as a pass rusher, but he should hold a powerful presence against the run and be in on a good number of stops.