Found July 18, 2013 on Buffalo Wins:
Marcell Dareus will be the Bills’ starting nose tackle this season, although the coaching staff has declared an “open competition.” He was the third overall draft pick in 2011 but is the only player drafted in the first seven picks of that draft yet to earn a spot on a Pro Bowl roster (Cam Newton, Von Miller, AJ Green, Patrick Peterson, Julio Jones, and Aldon Smith are the other six). While he has struggled at times, Dareus has shown flashes of the player he could become: a player with the potential to become a dominant nose tackle Buffalo’s attacking 3-4 defense needs to succeed. Buffalo’s big man lined up over opposing centers and right guards most of the time last year. Not coincidentally, the Bills allowed the fewest yards per carry on runs up the middle and behind right guards. That’s because Dareus was there. The graph below illustrates just how important number 99 was for Buffalo’s run defense last season. More Dareus tackles means a lower yards per carry against ...
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