Former Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus made his Jaguars debut after being traded and had three solo stops Sunday.
The Jacksonville run defense held the Cincinnati Bengals to a paltry 29 yards rushing on 17 carries in a 23-7 victory against the Cincinnati. Overall, the Bengals had a season-low 148 yards.
The three solo tackles are one shy of the four that Dareus had in five games with the Bills this season. He also had four assisted tackles and a sack with Buffalo, which traded him for a 2018 conditional sixth-round draft pick in the days before the trading deadline.
Dareus did not start Sunday but came into the game in the first quarter. According to Pro Football Focus, Dareus played in 12 of 39 defensive snaps. He also drew a holding penalty.
“I’m happy to come in and contribute any way possible. These guys have welcomed me with open arms. They’re just as excited as I am for me to be here.”
Doug Marrone, the Jacksonville coach and former Bills coach, said the Jaguars’ defense made a number of adjustments during the bye week so there was a lot for Dareus to take in over a relatively short period of time.
“He made a couple of plays out there,” Marrone said. “As we go and he gets more comfortable, he’ll continue to play.”
The Jaguars remain tied for first place in the AFC South with Tennessee at 5-3.
Dareus said he understood how good the Jaguars' defense is from afar and he has an even greater appreciation now that he is with the team.
“I had an understanding of what I was getting myself into before I had any idea I was coming here,” Dareus said. “It’s hard not to watch the guys and see what they have going on. Things are working. They’re doing something. To come inside and see it, it makes sense now.”