Friday, December 2, 2011

Titans eyed Dareus in draft, look to stop him Sunday

By Dan Begnoche

The last time the Tennesse Titans saw Marcell Dareus in action was during pre-draft workouts back in April.

Tennessee had its eyes on the defensive lineman from Alabama, hoping he would drop far enough to be snatched up with the eighth pick. Dareus didn’t make it past No. 3, and as the Titans enter Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday, Tennessee players and first-year head coach Mike Munchak will get a live look at the pick that got away.

“He is a very good football player,” Munchak told the media Thursday. "He is going to be a very good football player in the league and he is playing in a system that he is pretty familiar with similar to what he did in college. He is a force to be reckoned with and hopefully we can keep him from making many plays in our game.”

Dareus leads the Bills’ defensive squad with 3.5 sacks including a fumble recovery, and he has played well despite the slew of injuries around him, starting every game thus far.

Dareus further demonstrated his role with the Bills last Sunday, making a pre-game speech to his teammates in the locker room before heading out.

“It doesn’t surprise me in one way because he is a strong guy in the locker room,” coach Chan Gailey said of his rookie Wednesday. “He’s a strong person. He’s a competitor. But for a rookie to do it, it does surprise you a little bit. I wasn’t around it but every now and then different people have to step to the forefront and that’s good.”

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