DeMarcus Lawrence, Defensive End
Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence has a lot to prove this season. Especially considering he is in the final year of his rookie contract in Dallas. So his play this season will likely determine the size and length of his next NFL contract…and whether that future will be with the Cowboys or elsewhere.
Sunday night, Lawrence finally looked like the dominate pass rusher the Cowboys wanted him to become when they traded up in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft to select him 34th overall out of Boise State.
The 25-year old defensive end sacked Giants quarterback Eli Manning twice, which was only the second time in his four-year career that Lawrence has recorded multiple sacks in a game. In fact, he doubled his sack total from all of last season (1.0) against New York on Sunday.
Coming off his second straight offseason back surgery, combined with a previous suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and inconsistent play, DeMarcus Lawrence certainly has much to prove to the Dallas Cowboys organization and their fans. D-Law’s performance in Week One was a huge step in the right direction.