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Dareus, Jackson update

Posted by Chris Brown on December 20, 2013 – 12:42 pm

Both Marcell Dareus and Fred Jackson came out of last Sunday’s game with injuries and missed some practice time this week, but each appear ready to roll Sunday against the Dolphins.

Both practiced fully on Friday despite their ankle and rib injuries. Dareus and Jackson are both listed as probable for Sunday’s rematch with the Dolphins.

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Dareus, A. Williams update

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2013 – 7:00 pm

Marcell Dareus practiced on Wednesday despite sustaining an ankle injury last Sunday. He was limited. Aaron Williams however, was a non-participant Wednesday after suffering a rib injury last weekend. Head coach Doug Marrone said Williams would be 50-50 for Sunday’s game against Miami. Here’s the Bills official injury report.

WR Stevie Johnson – not injury related
DT Kyle Williams – Achilles
S Aaron Williams – ribs
RB Fred Jackson – ribs

DT Marcell Dareus – ankle
CB Brandon Smith – ankle
QB EJ Manuel – knee

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Dareus gets late fan Pro Bowl push

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2013 – 4:26 pm

Marcell Dareus has a big family. No word on whether they’re the ones doing all the voting, but the Bills defensive tackle has vaulted into one of the top two spots at his position with fan voting for the 2014 Pro Bowl.

The latest check on top vote getters by position has Dareus as the second-leading vote getter at defensive tackle in the league right now. The third-year DT is having the most productive season of his career. He’s already set a single-season career high in tackles and sacks with 7.5.

He joins teammate Kiko Alonso as one of the leaders in vote count with just over a week left for fans to cast their ballots for the Pro Bowl.

Here are where some other Bills rank in the fan voting knowing that coaches and players will vote next week.

ILB Kiko Alonso – 1st
DT Marcell Dareus – 2nd
DE Mario Williams – 3rd
DT Kyle Williams – 4th
SS Aaron Williams – 7th
FS Jairus Byrd – 8th


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Stat change on a sack last Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2013 – 3:31 pm

In last week’s game the Bills logged five more sacks and now have 49 on the season tying the team’s modern era record of 49 and one short of the all-time team record of 50 set in 1964. But there was a stat change in Buffalo’s sack tally made by the NFL this week.

Marcell Dareus was originally credited with a full sack on a 3rd-and-20 play in the first quarter when Chad Henne was dropped for an eight-yard loss. Upon further review it was determined that Dareus and Kyle Williams split the sack.

So on the season now, Kyle Williams has 8.5 sacks and Marcell Dareus has 7.5.


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Aaron, Dareus updates

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2013 – 2:10 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone provided an injury update on Marcell Dareus and Aaron Williams, who both left the game Sunday and did not return.

“Aaron has the ribs and we’ll see where he is later in the week,” said Marrone. “He’ll probably sit out practice Wednesday and them we’ll see where he is.

“Marcell is kind of the same thing with the ankle. We think he’ll be okay, but he might be limited on Wednesday.”

Marrone also said that Kraig Urbik and Kiko Alonso both came through the game fine, but one or both could be limited Wednesday.

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Stevie and Marcell autograph signing

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2013 – 2:45 pm


Bills WR Stevie Johnson and DT Marcell Dareus will be making an appearance north of the border Friday where they’ll be available for autographs.

Johnson and Dareus will participate in a Q&A session hosted by Sportsnet’s Ken Reid for 45 minutes.  Then the players will sign autographs for fans for one hour. They’ll be at the Real Sports apparel store at 15 York Street in Maple Leaf Square at the corner of Bremner Blvd. and York between 5 and 7 pm.

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Best tandem since ‘The Package’?

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2013 – 9:52 am

As we profiled on today Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus are a pretty impressive interior tandem. Are they the best interior duo since ‘The Package?’

For those Bills fans that don’t remember, the duo dubbed ‘The Package’ was Ted Washington and Pat Williams. Buffalo was a strict 3-4 front back in the late 90’s and early in his career, Pat Williams was rotated in as a run down defender, while Washington was the full-time two-gap nose tackle. Washington and Williams lined up alongside one another appeared to clog up all three of the front side gaps at times. They were instrumental in leading the Bills 1999 defense to the number one defensive ranking that season.

The two were the main reason why that ’99 defense still ranks number one in team history for fewest rushing yards allowed in a 16-game season. Buffalo’s ’99 defense allowed just 1,370 rushing yards that season. For perspective, Buffalo’s defense this year has allowed 1,307 rushing yards in 11 games.

Washington and Williams were also part of the 1997 defense that finished in the top five in team history in sacks with 46. That appears to be something Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus can help to eclipse this season to move into the top 5 themselves.

Pat Williams was also part of another formidable interior duo for two seasons with free agent signee Sam Adams from 2003-2004. The 2004 unit finished second in the league in total defense.

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Bills DT sacks don’t surprise Marrone

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2013 – 8:11 am

As we profiled on today, the combination of Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus has been extremely productive this season. They currently stand second and fourth on the team in sacks. Williams has seven and Dareus has five. But head coach Doug Marrone is not surprised by their pass rush success, particularly that of Williams.

I think years ago when the majority of the football was run to pass ratio, I re starting to see to change a little bit over the past four or five years to a little bit more pass,” Marrone said. “I always thought schematically you can do things to help yourself with those edge rushers, but inside is tougher.

“Depending on what you’re going to do, the center is going to go one way or the other, but that one guard is going to be put one on one quite a bit. I think a lot of it is matchups, but again you have to remember that Kyle Williams is
probably one of the best if not one of the better players at his position in the league right now. He’s playing at an extremely high level.”

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Other Bills in Pro Bowl running

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2013 – 4:04 pm

With the news coming down that Mario Williams and Kiko Alonso are the leading vote getters among fans at their respective positions for the 2014 Pro Bowl, here are some of the other Bills who are in the hunt at their positions for fan votes.

DT Marcell Dareus – 3rd
DT Kyle Williams – 5th
SS Aaron Williams – 6th
K Dan Carpenter – 10th
ST Marcus Easley – 10th

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said just last week that if the team had a better won-loss record that Marcus Easley would have an excellent chance of being a Pro Bowl special teams player with the success he’s had in coverage.

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More kudos for Bills D-line

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2013 – 10:25 am

The stat crunchers and film reviewers at Pro Football Focus are again giving praise to Buffalo’s defensive line. Though their performance came in a loss at Pittsburgh, PFF was impressed with an across the board effort by the Bills men up front.

Here’s some of what they wrote about the Bills D-line from Sunday’s game.

Defensive Line Dominates
It should be obvious by now, but the highlight of the Bills roster is their defensive line and, while we’ve seen big performances from two of the three starters, this was the most complete performance of the year for Alan Branch (+3.5), Marcell Dareus (+5.6) and Kyle Williams (+4.9) as a trio.

The three combined for a grade of +9.9 against the run, while Dareus did even more damage as a pass rusher.
With a sack and three hurries from 29 pass rushes, he finished the game with a Pass Rushing Productivity Rating of 11.2.

While it was against center Fernando Velasco (-4.4) that he found the most success, both as a pass rusher and against the run, his biggest play came against right tackle, Marcus Gilbert on 3rd-and-7 with 8:48 to go in the third quarter. Beating him to the outside with ease, he was able to swat the ball away from Ben Roethlisberger and force a fumble, with only the quarterback’s quick reaction, and a bit of luck, preventing the turnover.

Up until now Dareus’ play has been much more up and down, but he’s been on an impressive run of form for much of this season, as he puts together his best year so far.

The three highest graded players were Marcell Dareus (+5.6), Kyle Williams (+4.9) and Alan Branch (+3.5)

Another solid day rushing the passer for Jerry Hughes who picked up two sacks and a hurry on 18 pass rushes. That was more than Mario Williams (one hurry on 31 pass rushes) managed.

PFF Game Ball
While it may have been in a losing effort, the level of play from the Bills defensive line was the highlight of the day, with Marcell Dareus proving to be the best of the bunch.

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Bills still maintaining resolve

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2013 – 11:42 pm

The Bills have unquestionably fallen on hard times having now lost three straight to fall to 3-7 on the season. But their resolve was unwavering after Sunday’s most recent defeat.

“Of course, it always hurts,” said Marcell Dareus. “But we’re going to continue to stay together and do the best we can, because eventually it’s going to turn for us.  Once it does, I don’t think nobody’s going to be able to stop us.”

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Marcell rated a top 10 nose tackle

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2013 – 11:31 am

Bills DT Marcell Dareus is on pace to have his most productive NFL season. So it’s not surprising to see him ranked in the top 10 among NFL nose/defensive tackles in a 3-4 system.

Pro Football Focus has Dareus ranked 10th in the league in terms of performance through the first half of the season. As the chart below shows, Dareus is tied for the most sacks of those listed in the top 10 with five and leads by a wide margin in tackles. In fairness that’s due in part to the 501 snaps he’s played so far this season as Buffalo’s defense has been on the field a lot.

“I think he’s playing really well, I really do,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “You got a big guy like that and you watch him, like the Miami game, sideline to sideline, you don’t really see that.  He’s a special type of player.  He’s being very, very productive.  We can move him around, he has that ability where we can match him up on people.  I’m extremely happy with what he’s done. I always know he’s going to be OK when he has a smile and his face and he’s running around—I
know it’s going to be a good day.”

If Dareus keeps up his current pace he figures to garner Pro Bowl consideration. Here’s where you can vote as a fan.
















1  Damon Harrison NYJ 248 21.7 -1.5 1.0 22.3 -0.1 1 0 5 17 6 18
2  Jason Hatcher DAL 440 20.9 20.9 0.0 -0.7 0.7 7 6 22 15 4 19
3  Gerald McCoy TB 412 20.7 14.7 1.0 5.4 -0.4 2 7 20 9 1 10
4  Geno Atkins CIN 443 19.9 12.2 0.0 6.0 1.7 5 8 19 5 1 8
5  Randy Starks MIA 320 18.4 13.1 -0.5 5.4 0.4 3 6 18 12 3 11
6  Jurrell Casey TEN 408 16.9 11.7 1.0 3.6 0.6 4 3 17 16 1 16
7  Brandon Mebane SEA 281 16.6 0.0 0.5 15.1 1.0 0 1 11 12 9 11
8  Ndamukong Suh DET 457 16.3 16.3 0.5 2.8 -3.3 3 6 29 16 4 17
9  Dontari Poe KC 501 14.8 5.2 0.0 7.7 1.9 5 1 17 19 2 17
10  Marcell Dareus BUF 428 11.8 3.0 1.5 7.8 -0.5 5 2 13 29 6 29

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PFF credits play of Kyle, Dareus, Gilmore

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2013 – 10:13 am

The Bills loss to the Saints on Sunday was far from something to celebrate, but ProFootballFocus looks at the play of each individual in the game. There were three players in particular on defense, who performed admirably against New Orleans.

Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus were credited for their play on the defensive interior as they blew up a lot of the inside run plays the Saints attempted. Also credited with solid play was Stephon Gilmore as he was in elite company with his performance on Sunday. Here was PFF’s assessment.

Monsters in the Middle
Though it was in a losing effort, the Bills got a pair of monster performances out of their defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Marcel Dareus. Both terrorized center Brian De La Puente all game, with the Saint finishing the day at -4.6 for his efforts. Williams did his part early forcing a punt on New Orleans’ second drive (1Q, 8:36). De La Puente didn’t have much of a chance on the reach block as Williams exploded through the lane vacated by the pull blocker and tackled the running back for a two yard loss. He also had success against left guard Ben Grubbs (e.g. 1Q, 1:16 and 3Q, 13:15), and finished at +4.8 with two sacks, two pressures, and a stop on all three of his tackles.

As with his counterpart, it’s difficult to pick out just a few plays for Dareus (+4.5). He made plays in both run defense and pass rushing against De La Puente as he stopped Khiry Robinson for a short gain at 3:30 of the first. Also at 1:27 of the second quarter Dareus came away with a QB hit (though the play was nullified).

- Stephon Gilmore was one of two cornerbacks this week who played at least 25% of defensive snaps and didn’t give up a single yard in coverage (34 snaps). The other was Darrelle Revis.  


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PFF honors Bills D-line in Wk 7

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2013 – 1:05 pm

It’s probably no surprise that ProFootballFocus made Mario Williams a part of their Top Performers of Week 7, but he wasn’t the only Bills defender to be recognized.

PFF named Williams one of their top two edge rushers last week in the NFL as he his two sacks were only part of the story. Here’s what they wrote about his performance against Miami.

Edge Rushers: Robert Mathis, IND (+6.5) and Mario Williams, BUF (+4.5)

And so continues the extremely impressive year of Mathis. He made game changing plays as he finished with two sacks, two hits and a hurry, while his work in the run game was eye-catching as well. For Williams, he’ll be happy to not only have ended with seven quarterback disruptions (as he picked up his highest grade of the year) but also the game changing play.

Honorable Mention: Von Miller (DEN) and Jerry Hughes (BUF)

Hughes according to PFF had six quarterback hurries in the Miami game. Marcell Dareus also earned honorable mention honors for best defensive interior players in Week 7. He had four tackles and a QB hit.

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Dareus New Era ad is out

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2013 – 2:41 pm

Bills DT Marcell Dareus is appearing in a New Era cap commercial that has been released by the official cap makers of the NFL. Dareus is telling the rest of the NFL they won’t be knocking the Bills down anymore.

Here is Dareus speaking with his cap, coming off his solid seven tackle, two sack, two quarterback hit performance Sunday.

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Dareus raises game, inspired by Kyle

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2013 – 11:12 pm

Mario Williams had a big game in Week 2 when Carolina chose to focus double team attention on the likes of Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus. That extra attention shifted to Mario on Sunday against the Ravens, leaving Dareus in his share of one-on-one situations. Situations that more often than not he won.

Dareus was the team’s second-leading tackler in the game Sunday with seven, including a pair of sacks on Joe Flacco and a pair of quarterback hits. His sacks came near the end of the first half and near the end of the game. One forced a punt, while the other put Baltimore in a 2nd-and-18 situation.

Buffalo’s former first-round pick, admitted after the game that he was inspired by the veteran linemate alongside him on the defensive interior.

“It was just a point of emphasis from Kyle Williams-give everything you have,” he said. “He’s going to do it for us, that’s how I always feel like I should play, do the best I can regardless of the situation. Head down, whatever, just keep pushing until the whistle blows.  Super Bowl champs-you’ve got to do the best you can.  I didn’t know what they had for us, I just wanted to do the best I can.

“We knew we had to anchor down, play low.  Not let them push us around.  We went out there with that on our minds. And we did what we said we were going to do.

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Other nicked Bills should be ok for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2013 – 2:49 pm

Bills DL Alex Carrington wasn’t the only casualty in Sunday’s game against the Jets. Head coach Doug Marrone provided a rundown, but the good news is it appears most, if not all, will be good to play against the Ravens.

“C.J. Spiller had a quad. I believe he’ll be fine,” said Marrone. “Marcell Dareus had an ankle. I believe he’ll be fine. Stevie Johnson had a hamstring I believe he’ll be fine. Leodis McKelvin has a hamstring. We’ll see how that is when he comes back and starts working on the field.

“Mario Williams had an ankle, but he was playing the whole game and at the end he had an ankle that I wasn’t aware of until afterwards. We think he’ll be fine.”

The biggest question mark is McKelvin, whose progress between now and Wednesday will paint a better picture on how likely it is for him to return Sunday against Baltimore.

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Injury updates

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2013 – 10:55 pm

The Bills had some big name players go down to injury on Sunday in the loss to the Jets. Head coach Doug Marrone provided a rundown.

“Leodis a hamstring, he didn’t come back,” said Marrone. “Marcell an ankle he didn’t come back. Spiller a knee he didn’t come back. And Carrington a knee he didn’t come back.”

Marrone said all four will be re-evaluated on Monday.

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Kyle, Dareus also freeing up Alonso

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2013 – 9:15 am

Bills defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus are not only working well off each other, they’re also demanding so much attention up front that they’re keeping opposing offensive linemen from reaching the second level. That’s allowing Kiko Alonso to flow freely to the ball without any road blocks.

“They’ve kept me really clean. I think that’s why I was able to make the plays that I’ve made because of them,” Alonso told “They’re doing a great job.”

Alonso admits with Williams or Dareus demanding double team attention he can get to the football faster.

“It makes it a lot easier when you can make a free run and make a tackle,” he said. “It makes it a lot easier. They’re doing a great job keeping the O-linemen off me and making plays on the quarterback and sacking the quarterback. They’re two great athletes.”

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Dareus: Mario played like we expected

Posted by Chris Brown on September 16, 2013 – 1:38 pm

Bills DL Mario Williams set a team record with 4.5 sacks on Sunday. As far as his defensive teammates were concerned, Williams performed just like they thought he would.

“It’s what we expected. A guy like that playing in a defense like this, it’s designed for him to just cut loose and use his athletic ability and use his strength and power to overwhelm offensive tackles,” said Marcell Dareus. “It’s nothing short of what I expected. I expect it the rest of the year as well.”

Dareus said despite his most productive game in a Bills uniform that Williams demeanor was no different on the sidelines.

“He was just the same old Mario. Nothing different,” said Dareus. “Never too overexcited. Just picking everybody up saying, ‘Let’s keep fighting and keep going hard.’ He’s just being regular old Mario and this is what we expected for him to do so it’s not a huge surprise.”

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