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The No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, Marcell Dareus had a solid rookie campaign, to say the least, recording 43 tackles while leading the team in sacks with 5.5.
Last year, the team was utilizing a 3-4 as their base defense, with Dareus playing three-technique, and eventually nose tackle, when fellow linemen Kyle Williams was sidelined for the year with injury.
This year, with the team transitioning to a 4-3 base defense, Dareus will be playing inside, alongside Williams and newly acquired defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson.
Dareus will benefit greatly from those additions and from the scheme change, because opposing offensive lines will have to pick their poison regarding who to double team.
Dareus told BuffaloBills.com that he is trying to shed some weight in order to be more agile in Dave Wannstedt's defense.
I want to be a little lighter this year because I want to be able to fly around the field and run to the ball. I want to be able to play every down. I’m going to be thinning up more in the time between minicamp and training camp. I’m not far off now, but I’ve still got to get down. I’m putting on so much muscle because when you’re lifting hard and you don’t have much more body fat it makes dropping weight hard. But training camp will help with that.