It was reported on Tuesday that defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was not participating in the second round of the Buffalo Bills OTAs. This is inexcusable. Well, I suppose if Dareus had recently suffered an injury or personal tragedy it would be somewhat excusable, but since neither of those scenarios appear to be the case, this move by the Bills’ third year tackle is both dumbfounding and, as a fan, frustrating.
Dareus was selected third overall in the 2011 NFL draft, and up to this point in his career, he has decidedly not lived up to the hype. He tallied just 5.5 sacks in each of his first two seasons, and while those numbers are nothing to sneeze at, they are hardly befitting of a top ten pick. It is also worth noting that six of the top seven picks in the 2011 draft have since been to the Pro Bowl, with Dareus as the lone hold out.
So why then would Dareus not be doing everything in his power to improve as a player at this point in his career? So far he has not developed into the stud DT many hoped he would, and following his decision to skip his team’s OTA sessions, the question must be asked: is Dareus content with his own mediocrity?
Let’s hope not. Of course, it should be noted that OTAs are technically optional, but the title of ‘professional football player’ comes with certain expectations. Namely, you should act like a professional. And as a professional there is an expectation that you will put in the work to be prepared for the regular season. The rest of the Bills organization appears to be moving forward. Hopefully Dareus will join them soon.