The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a rare in-season trade, trading with the Buffalo Bills for Marcell Dareus.
How about that for a Friday news dump?!?
The Jacksonville Jaguars are highly active in the midst of the team’s bye week. A day after extending the contract of Telvin Smith, the Jaguars have traded with Buffalo for defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.
As noted by ESPN’s perennial NFL news-breaker Adam Schefter, Dareus is now reuniting with head coach Doug Marrone, who coached him in Buffalo in 2013 and 2014. Those two years happen to be the two seasons that Dareus was selected to the Pro Bowl, and was selected as an All-Pro in that 2014 season.
Dareus is joining what was already considered perhaps the best defensive line in the entire league, and his addition to the group makes the argument against that nearly impossible.
The defensive line has had no problems getting to the quarterback, but the run defense has needed some bolstering, which is primarily where Dareus comes in.
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From NFL.com’s Matt Harmon, Dareus ranks 23rd among 123 interior defensive lineman in stuff rate on run defense from players who have 40+ snaps this season. That effectiveness in stopping the run will be a major boost to an already menacing Jacksonville defense.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway is what the Jaguars gave up to aquire Marcell Dareus, or frankly what they didn’t give up.
Giving up just a 2018 sixth-round pick, that could become a fifth-rounder, is an absolute steal for Jacksonville.
A very busy couple of days for what was supposed to be an off week for the Jaguars, but no complaints here. Trading in-season for Marcell Dareus shows the Jacksonville Jaguars are wanting to win now.