On Sunday, the veterans for the Buffalo Bills reported to training camp. The players faced questions regarding the team’s future that has once again been predicted on Bovada, topbet and other online bookmakers to be in the bottom third of the NFL.
The team started its training camp minus Marcell Dareus the talented defensive tackle, who on Saturday was put on the active/non-football injury list.
There is also a big question about the ownership of the club as potential owners are jockeying trying to take ownership following Ralph Wilson’s death during the offseason.
Buffalo is the first NFL team to have its veterans report to camp and they know there is plenty of work needed to be done. Predictions and naysayers are something that is not new for the team.
One veteran said that the same thing happens each season everyone is hyped up for a great season and then fans are let down with a 6-10 season or worse.
He said he and his teammates are tired of that happening each season and they intend not to let it take place again this season.
However, betonline and sportsbook.com see things different, both have the Bills ranked as the 27th team amongst the 32 teams in the NFL.
Dareus could be an important factor in the Bills turnaround or a season of more of the same – disappointment.
During the offseason, Dareus was arrested on two occasions. May 5 his first arrest was on felony charges that involved drugs. His personal problems could hurt the team’s defense.
Buffalo will also open camp minus Kiko Alonzo at linebacker, who tore up his knee during workouts this summer.
Leodis McKelvin, one of the team’s cornerbacks was amongst players on Sunday to be but on the active list after having hip surgery during the offseason.
Mike Williams a wide receiver picked up Tampa Bay is also coming off a hamstring injury.
The biggest worry though is management and coaches are losing their patience with Dareus.
Dareus failed a conditioning test in pre-training camp and Doug Whaley the team’s general manager said the situation with Dareus was cause for much concern.
Nevertheless, Whaley thinks Dareus is not far from being fit and expressed confidence over the two arrests for reckless driving and drug possession during May.
Head Coach Doug Marrone starting his second season did not comment on his defensive tackle.
Dareus was not at Sunday’s practice and was not seen at the facility where training camp is being held.
Dareus could be disciplined by the NFL for his troubles off field with a suspension or fine.
The talented tackle’s trouble goes back to last season when Marrone benched him for the last two games of the season for not following team rules.