DeMarcus Lawrence

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DeMarcus Lawrence
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Lawrence in 2017
No. 90 – Dallas Cowboys
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1992-04-28) April 28, 1992 (age 26)
Aiken, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school: Silver Bluff
(Aiken, South Carolina)
College: Boise State
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2018
Total tackles: 142
Sacks: 25.5
Forced fumbles: 6
Fumble recoveries: 3
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

DeMarcus "Tank" Lawrence (born April 28, 1992) is an American football defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Cowboys in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Boise State.

College career[edit]

Lawrence attended Butler Community College from 2010 to 2011. He transferred to Boise State University before the 2012 season.[1] In his first year with the Broncos, he led the team in sacks with 9.5.[2] In 2013, he again led the team with 10.5 sacks. After the season, he entered the 2014 NFL Draft.[3][4]

College Statistics[edit]

NCAA Collegiate Career statistics
Boise State Broncos
Season Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Year Class GP Comb Solo Asst Loss Sack Int Yards TD Long PD FF FR Yards TD
2012 SO 11 48 24 24 13.5 9.5 1 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0
2013 JR 12 72 39 33 20.5 10.5 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0
Career 23 120 63 57 34.0 20.0 1 8 0 8 1 3 0 0 0

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
251 lb
(114 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
11 in
(0.28 m)
4.80 s 1.68 s 2.80 s 4.31 s 7.46 s 34 in
(0.86 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
20 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

After releasing franchise career sack leader DeMarcus Ware in a salary cap move and having previously lost starters Jason Hatcher and Jay Ratliff, the Dallas Cowboys looked to improve the talent of their defensive line in the 2014 NFL Draft. The team traded up with the Washington Redskins moving to the 34th position, in exchange for a second (#47-Trent Murphy) and a third round (#78-Spencer Long) draft choices, in order to select Lawrence in the second round.[6] After fracturing his right foot in training camp, he started the year on the injured reserve list and did not appear in a game until week 9 against the Arizona Cardinals. The lost time affected his play and with little impact (11 tackles with no sacks), he could not earn the starter right defensive end job ahead of Jeremy Mincey.

He would play a significant role in the wild card playoff game against the Detroit Lions on January 4, 2015, with the Cowboys leading 24–20 and just over 2 minutes remaining in the game, quarterback Matthew Stafford fumbled deep in Detroit's territory. Rather than falling on the ball to down it and securing the game-clinching turnover, Lawrence attempted to pick it up and score, which resulted in his fumbling the ball back to the Lions. He would redeem himself on the ensuing drive, on 4th and 3 with a minute left and the Lions threatening to win the game from the Cowboys' 42-yard line, he sacked Stafford, causing a fumble and recovering it all in one play, sealing the victory.[7] He had a strong showing in the playoffs with two sacks, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

In 2015, although defensive end Greg Hardy was the big offseason acquisition by the Cowboys, Lawrence would end up having a bigger impact from his left defensive end position. He entered the season with an improved physical presence and would develop his edge rushing skills with every passing week. He finished the season with a streak of seven games with at least a sack, registering a total of eight (led the team), 31 quarterback pressures (second on the team) and 56 tackles. His best games came against the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, and the New York Jets. In January 2016, he had back surgery, which turned out to be more serious than originally expected.[8]

On June 30, 2016, Lawrence was suspended for four games, after his appeal was denied. Lawrence was relatively unproductive during the 2016 NFL season, only registering 1 sack in 12 games played, this year at right end.

Lawrence about to sack Kirk Cousins in a game against the Washington Redskins

Lawrence had a breakout season in 2017 after shifting back over to the left side, his natural position. On September 17, 2017, in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos, Lawrence forced a fumble off quarterback Trevor Siemian. The fumble helped set up the Cowboys on a touchdown-scoring drive in the 42–17 loss.[9] In Week 3 of the 2017 season, Lawrence sacked Cardinals' quarterback Carson Palmer three times, giving him the league-lead 6.5 sacks. His performance in Week 3 earned him NFC Defensive Player of the Week.[10] Lawrence's 6.5 sacks was enough to earn NFC Defensive Player of the Month honors, for the month of September.[11] On December 19, 2017, after a breakout season with 14.5 sacks, Lawrence was named to his first Pro Bowl.[12] His 14.5 sacks finished tied for second in the league with the Jaguars' Calais Campbell behind the Cardinals' Chandler Jones.

On March 5, 2018, the Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Lawrence, who officially signed it later that day after they were unable to come to terms on a long-term deal.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sack Int Yards Avg Long TD PD FF FR
2014 DAL 7 0 9 6 3 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2015 DAL 16 13 55 35 20 8.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0
2016 DAL 9 3 11 8 3 1.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0
2017 DAL 16 16 58 35 23 14.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 4 2
Career 48 32 133 84 49 23.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 6 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lawrence Signs with Broncos
  2. ^ BSU's Lawrence hoping to be even better after big 2012
  3. ^ 2014 NFL Draft: Boise State's DeMarcus Lawrence entering NFL
  4. ^ Boise State's Lawrence to enter NFL Draft
  5. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Demarcus Lawrence". NFL.com. Retrieved January 30, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Cowboys paid premium for Lawrence". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ Wilson, Ryan (January 4, 2015). "Cowboys' Demarcus Lawrence recovers two fumbles in final 2:10". cbssports.com. Archived from the original on January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Cowboys DE Lawrence OK, but back surgery more serious than expected". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos - September 17th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  10. ^ Lam, Quang M. (September 27, 2017). "Tom Brady, Kirk Cousins among Players of the Week". NFL.com. 
  11. ^ Lewis, Edward (September 28, 2017). "Kareem Hunt, Todd Gurley among Players of the Month". NFL.com. 
  12. ^ "NFL announces 2018 Pro Bowl rosters". NFL.com. December 19, 2017. Retrieved December 26, 2017. 
  13. ^ Patra, Kevin (March 5, 2018). "Demarcus Lawrence signs Cowboys' franchise tag". NFL.com. 

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