The Dallas Cowboys currently have the best defense they’ve had in years, thanks in part to defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence who tends to terrorize opposing quarterbacks. Lawrence and the Cowboys will host the Washington Redskins Thursday, November 22 on Fox. The game, of course, is the traditional Thanksgiving Day event in Dallas.
Lawrence enjoyed a career high 14.5 sacks last season and started off this year with a bang before cooling down, all the while enduring a shoulder injury. Opposing offenses must account for him, especially now that he rushes from the left side where he is most comfortable. The Cowboys had a bye week in late October, giving Lawrence a chance to get a bit healthier and ready for a second half run on the season. The Cowboys finally have a defense to go with an offense that is underachieving thus far in the season. Lawrence and the defense have been keeping them in games.
Lawrence was drafted out of Boise State by the Cowboys in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. A pre-season injury forced him to miss much of that season, but he did get some snaps in the second half. He also missed time with a suspension in 2016, but blossomed last season, resulting in the Cowboys putting the franchise tag on him. Come this off-season, they’ll have to decide his future in Dallas.
For now, Lawrence and the Cowboys are focused on the remainder of this season, and what lies ahead in its final stretch.
Full Name: DeMarcus “Tank” Lawrence.
Born: April 28, 1992
Birthplace: Aiken, South Carolina
Height/Weight: 6 foot, 3 inches / 265-pounds
Team: Dallas Cowboys, 2014 – present
Draft: 2016 Round 2, Pick 34 by Dallas
Position: Defensive End
College: Boise State
Honors and Achievements: Pro Bowl, 2017; Second team All-Pro, 2017