Despite breaking a franchise record for sacks in the first three games of the season, Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence isn’t satisfied.
In 2016, the Dallas Cowboys sack leader was a newly signed free agent, defensive end Benson Mayowa. Despite being benched at one point last season, the former Oakland Raider was able rack up 6.0 sacks.
Only three games into the 2017 NFL regular season, fourth-year defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence has been able to eclipse Mayowa’s sack total from all of last season. The 25-year old currently leads the NFL in three categories: sacks (6.5), tackles for loss (7) and quarterback pressures (26).
Lawrence’s 6.5 sacks is the most in Cowboys history through the first three games of the year, breaking the record held by legendary pass rusher Charles Haley whom had 5.5 sacks in the first two games of the 1994 season.
Despite his amazing start, Lawrence himself isn’t satisfied with his performance.
"“Not good enough,” Lawrence told the team’s official website. “I left a lot out there on the table. Got to get better from this point on. Opportunity is out there and it’s like, just get better. Don’t dwell on the moment, but just get better and make more plays. Why not? They’re there.”"
It’s honestly hard to believe Lawrence could continue at this pace. If he does, the young pass rusher would rack up a whopping 34.5 sacks this year. That would absolutely smash the NFL’s current record for sacks in a season which is held by former New York Giants legend Michael Strahan. He recorded 22.5 sacks back in 2001.
Regardless of what happens the rest of the season, I think it’s fairly safe to say DeMarcus Lawrence has earned himself a pretty hefty payday this offseason as he’s current in the final year of his rookie deal in Dallas. Owner Jerry Jones better get his checkbook ready.