After a slow start, Dallas Cowboys’ DeMarcus Lawrence is turning things around
The Dallas Cowboys made defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence a very rich man last year. The two-time Pro Bowl pass rusher received a five-year $105 million extension before the beginning of last season. Following that massive payday, he struggled to consistently make an impact on the field.
After posting back-to-back double-digit sack totals in 2017 and 2018 the veteran defensive end finished last season with only five. Heading into this year there was optimism among many fans of America’s Team that 2019 was just a fluke year. That hopeful attitude was tested after the 28-year old failed to get a single sack in any of the teams’ first four games.
However, Lawrence has quickly reinvigorated that hope with a dominant stretch of play which has helped the team remain competitive in games despite abysmal offensive performances. Over the past five games, he has managed to rack up an impressive three sacks as well as two forced fumbles.
The Cowboys will need him to continue to turn in dominant performances in order to justify his contract. However, in a season marred with disappointments and poor play Lawrence’s turnaround has emerged as one of the most hopeful storylines for Dallas this year. The teams’ pass rush has also benefited from the strong play of defensive end Aldon Smith who currently leads the team with five sacks.
Tank has also benefited from the reinstatement of defensive end, Randy Gregory. The 27-year old, who came back in last week’s matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, has shown tremendous promise in his two games back. With all this talent on the defensive line, the team may finally be able to develop a consistent pass rush.
Fans of America’s Team have had to suffer through a brutal start to this season. However, DeMarcus Lawrence’s turnaround shines as one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dark year. Hopefully, Tank will be able to continue his good play against the Minnesota Vikings after the teams’ bye week.