Former Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus said joining the Jacksonville Jaguars has changed his life, saying he is focused on being a good teammate and making plays. Dareus said he hasn't gotten into any trouble since his arrival.
“This organization has changed my life,” Dareus told Jacksonville.com. “They’ve done such great things so far, I just don’t want mess anything up. I’m just overjoyed for the opportunity to play.”
Dareus said he still thinks of himself as an outsider because he was not with the Jaguars during training camp. The Bills traded him to the Jaguars in October, days before the trading deadline.
“I think everything starts with camp," he said. "That’s where you build that camaraderie, non-verbal communication. Respect is earned, not given. I’m just earning my respect with these guys. I’m an outsider trying to help.’’
Dareus started Sunday in the Jaguars' AFC Wild-Card victory against the Bills. He had four tackles in his playoff debut.
“It was pretty tough just because they were friends of mine,” Dareus said. “At this point, they are still good friends of mine. It’s just great to have an opportunity to play another game, have another practice with these guys. It’s good to see all the hard work pays off to finally finish what you been working on all week.”