Lawson in 2018
|No. 90 – Buffalo Bills|
|Born:||June 17, 1994|
Lake Wylie, South Carolina
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||270 lb (122 kg)|
|High school:||D. W. Daniel|
(Central, South Carolina)
|NFL Draft:||2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
Shaquille Lawson (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.
Lawson, named after basketball star Shaquille O'Neal, 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. Lawson was rated by Rivals.com as a four-star recruit and committed to Clemson University to play college football. After high school, Lawson attended Hargrave Military Academy for a year.
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. Lawson became a starter his junior year in 2015.
|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 5⁄8 in
|32 3⁄4 in
|4.70 s||1.63 s||2.75 s||4.21 s||7.16 s||33 in
|10 ft 0 in|
|All values from NFL Combine|
On May 17, 2016, Lawson underwent shoulder surgery after tweaking it during offseason drills and was ruled out 4 to 6 months.
On August 30, 2016, Lawson was placed on the Reserve/PUP list. He was activated to the active roster on October 21, 2016. 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.
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. 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. Lawson later stated he was defending himself and his teammates and that Fournette initiated the fight.
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. 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.
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.
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