The Buffalo Bills have kept a close eye on defensive tackle Marcell Dareus in the wake of multiple off-the-field issues this offseason. Now that the team is off for a month before training camp begins, team leaders hope he can avoid any more issues during his time off.
Dareus was charged May 30 by Orchard Park Police with reckless endangerment and other charges after drag racing through part of town. That followed an incident in Alabama in which he was arrested on charges of having synthetic drugs.
He was held out of OTAs by the Bills as a result. He took part in this past week's minicamp but was withheld from the media. Coach Doug Marrone said he's trying to give Dareus the best possible place in which to regain control of his life:
"Our goal was to come back here and for him to be focused. I think he did a very good job focusing on the football part, and now, when he leaves, we talked about focusing on the next step and getting ready to come to camp."
Marrone said he's also put a focus on being a good person, something he's previously said is more important than victories on the field:
"I look for my players to be good role models, I look for them to be good in the community. We have a lot of young people that are going to come watch us play. It’s part of the message that we give to our players. Do we make mistakes? Absolutely, but we’re constantly trying to correct it and do it the right way.
Dareus is due back in Orchard Park Town Court on July 1 to answer to the drag racing-related charges. Training camp begins July 20.
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