Marcell Dareus’ playing time drops as part of Bills D-Line rotation

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills rookie coach Sean McDermott is sticking to his philosophy of rotating defensive linemen to keep them fresh during games.

And that includes resting tackle Marcell Dareus, Buffalo’s top-paid player.

Salary doesn’t matter after McDermott’s approach was evident in the Bills season-opening win against the New York Jets last weekend. Dareus was limited to playing just 34 of 77 snaps, mostly used on first and second down.

Dareus also finished with a stat line that featured all zeroes, the first time that’s happened in 87 games for Buffalo’s 2013 first round draft pick.

Though it took some time to get used to a reduced role, Dareus said he’s fine with McDermott’s rotation.

Buffalo travels to play Carolina on Sunday.

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