Marcell Dareus missing from Buffalo Bills OTAs

Rick Stewart

The Bills are going through OTAs, but defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is not in attendance.

The Buffalo Bills are two days into their second OTA session of the offseason, but defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is not among the players participating. Dareus is skipping the voluntary practice sessions, according to the team's official website.

While the workouts are voluntary, attendance rates around the league are generally close to 100 percent. Dareus' absence is interesting, considering his position on the team. The former No. 3 pick developed into a solid starter for the Bills, but Brian Galliford of Buffalo Rumblings argued no player on the Bills roster is under more pressure than Dareus.

He came to the NFL with high expectations as many expected him to develop into one of the league's dominant defensive tackles. That hasn't happened yet, but entering his third year, Dareus is expected to take the next step in his development. He's the only player drafted in the top seven of the 2011 NFL Draft to not be selected to a Pro Bowl. Missing OTAs doesn't mean Dareus won't take the next step, but it may put even more pressure on Dareus to perform at a high level next season.

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