Shaq Lawson

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Shaq Lawson
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Lawson in 2018
No. 90 – Buffalo Bills
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1994-06-17) June 17, 1994 (age 24)
Lake Wylie, South Carolina
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school:D. W. Daniel
(Central, South Carolina)
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:76
Forced fumbles:4
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at

Shaquille Lawson[1] (born June 17, 1994) is an American football defensive end for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson and was drafted by the Bills in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Lawson, named after basketball star Shaquille O'Neal,[1] attended D. W. Daniel High School in Central, South Carolina. He had 99 tackles and nine sacks as a senior and 100 tackles and 13 sacks as a junior.[2] Lawson was rated by as a four-star recruit and committed to Clemson University to play college football.[3][4] After high school, Lawson attended Hargrave Military Academy for a year.

College career[edit]

In his first year at Clemson in 2013, Lawson played in all 13 games and had 35 tackles and four sacks. The four sacks tied William Perry and Ricky Sapp for most by a first-year freshman in Clemson history at the time. This record was broken in the 2016 season by Dexter Lawrence. He again played in all 13 games as a sophomore in 2014 and made one start. For the season he had 44 tackles and 3.5 sacks.[5][6] Lawson became a starter his junior year in 2015.[7][8][9]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP Tackles For Loss Sacks Int FF
2013 Clemson 13 30 9.5 4.0 0 0
2014 Clemson 12 34 11.5 3.5 0 0
2015 Clemson 15 59 24.5 12.5 0 1
College Totals 40 123 45.5 20.0 0 1

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
6 ft 2 58 in
(1.90 m)
269 lb
(122 kg)
32 34 in
(0.83 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.70 s 1.63 s 2.75 s 4.21 s 7.16 s 33 in
(0.84 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
All values from NFL Combine[10]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

The Buffalo Bills selected Lawson in the first round (19th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[11]


On May 17, 2016, Lawson underwent shoulder surgery after tweaking it during offseason drills and was ruled out 4 to 6 months.[12]

On June 6, 2016, the Buffalo Bills signed Lawson to a four-year, $10.27 million contract that includes $9.82 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $5.67 million.[13]

On August 30, 2016, Lawson was placed on the Reserve/PUP list.[14] He was activated to the active roster on October 21, 2016.[15] Lawson recorded his first NFL sack against the New England Patriots in Week 8.

In 2017, Lawson started 10 out of 11 games played, recording 33 tackles and four sacks. He suffered an ankle injury in Week 13 and was placed on injured reserve on December 5, 2017.[16]


Lawson started the 2018 season as the backup to free-agent signing Trent Murphy, but still retained significant playing time as the Bills rotated their defensive personnel throughout games. Lawson started several games after Murphy struggled with injuries. He recorded 7 tackles in a week 9 loss to the Chicago Bears.[17] Against the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 12, Lawson was involved in a fistfight with Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette as part of a brawl that broke out between the two teams in the third quarter. Lawson and Fournette were both ejected from the game for the scuffle, but while Lawson only received a $33,425 fine, Fournette was suspended for one game.[18] Lawson later stated he was defending himself and his teammates and that Fournette initiated the fight.[19]

Against the Miami Dolphins in week 17, Lawson collected two sacks on Ryan Tannehill in addition to a forced fumble, making this his first career multi-sack game. He finished the 2018 season with much-improved stats, recording 30 combined tackles, four sacks, two fumbles forced, and six passes defended on the year.[20] He was also named by Pro Football Focus to their team of the week after a strong performance against the Detroit Lions in week 15.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Lawson's father was killed in a car accident during his junior year of high school. Lawson then chose to attend Clemson University to remain close to his family.[22]


  1. ^ a b Graham, Tim (May 2, 2016). "Originator of the oversized name, Shaquille O'Neal eager to see what Shaq Lawson can do for Bills". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on May 3, 2016. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "IM Player of the Year: Shaq Lawson".
  3. ^ "Shaq Lawson".
  4. ^ "Prep Signing Day Notebook: Lawson signs with Clemson".
  5. ^ "Clemson's Shaq Lawson ready to step into spotlight".
  6. ^ "Fall fun: Clemson's Shaq Lawson enjoying getting ready for his breakout season". The Greenville News. August 18, 2015.
  7. ^ "Clemson's Shaq Lawson ready for bigger role".
  8. ^ "Lawson primed to take over as next great Clemson sack-master". Post and Courier.
  9. ^ "Shaq Lawson is ready for his time to shine". Archived from the original on August 20, 2015.
  10. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles – Shaq Lawson". National Football League.
  11. ^ "NFL draft: Results, analysis for every Round 1 pick". April 29, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  12. ^ Edholm, Eric. "Bills' first round pick Shaq Lawson undergoes shoulder surgery". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  13. ^ " Shaq Lawson contract". Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  14. ^ Brown, Chris. "Reserve/PUP for Shaq Lawson; WR Little among cuts to get to 75".
  15. ^ Brown, Chris (October 21, 2016). "Shaq Lawson added to active roster; to make NFL debut Sunday".
  16. ^ Brown, Chris (December 5, 2017). "Lawson & Matthews to I-R; Bills elevate Capi & Reilly to active roster".
  17. ^ Brown, Chris (November 6, 2018). "Stats: Increased production highlights Shaq Lawson's growth". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  18. ^ "Bills' Shaq Lawson fined $33,425 for fighting by the NFL". Associated Press. Chicago Daily Herald. December 1, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  19. ^ Carruci, Vic (November 27, 2018). "Bills' Shaq Lawson says he was 'defending myself and my team' in fight with Jaguars' Leonard Fournette". The Buffalo News. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  20. ^ "Bills' Shaq Lawson: Finishes strong". RotoWire. CBS Sports. December 30, 2018. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  21. ^ Silagyi, Kyle (December 19, 2018). "Bills Today: Shaq Lawson named to PFF's Team of the Week". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  22. ^ Bonnell, Rick (December 28, 2015). "Defensive end Shaq Lawson took the long ride home to Clemson stardom". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved April 29, 2016.

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